King Meets Governor General of Australia, State Officials, Specialists

تم نشره في Wed 23 November / Nov 2016. 01:00 AM
  • Their Majesties, the King and Queen of Jordan, and members of the Royal company, in meet with Australian Governor General and wife - (Petra)
  • His Majesty King Abdullah II and Royal company meet with Australian State officials and Specialists - (Petra)

CANBERRA — His Majesty King Abdullah II held talks in the Australian capital Canberra on Wednesday, with the Governor General of Australia Peter Cosgrove that focused on means to forge closer coordination between Jordan and Australia on developments and crises in the region.

The discussions, which were attended by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, and the wife of the governor general, also addressed the war on terrorism and the repercussions of the Syrian crisis.

During the meeting, which was also attended by Their Royal Highnesses Princes Ali Bin Al Hussein and Hashem Bin Al Hussein, the King and the governor general stressed shared values between the two countries, and their keenness to achieve global peace.

Following the meeting with the General Governor, His Majesty met with Australian chairman of the Senate, George Brandis, at the Australian Parliament, along with Justice Minister and Assistant Prime Minister for Counter-Terrorism, Michael Keenan, as well as specialists in foreign affairs, defence, security and counter terrorism, and was accompanied by Chief of the Royal Court, the foreign minister and the Jordanian Ambassador.

Earlier, the governor general and his wife held a lunch banquet in honour of Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania that was attended by Their Royal Highnesses Princes Ali Bin Al Hussein and Hashem Bin Al Hussein and the accompanying delegation.

In remarks during the lunch banquet, King Abdullah highlighted the strong ties between Jordan and Australia, as well as his keenness to further boost them in various domains.

He pointed to threats posed by terror groups to the Middle East and warned of their attempts to spread terror and incite sedition among peoples and different religions.

"Islam is the religion of peace and calls on all believers to respect others," the King added.

The governor general for his part voiced hope that the visit of the Their Majesties will contribute to expanding cooperation between the two countries in various domains.

He also pointed to the common visions between his country and Jordan, mainly with regard to the war on terrorism, and the humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria.

The governor general said Australia was looking forward to boosting relations with Jordan in the security, scientific, economic and sports fields.

The talks were also attended by the Royal Court chief, the foreign minister and Jordan's ambassador to Australia.

Earlier, King Abdullah and Queen Rania were accorded an official reception at the Government House. An artillery unit fired a 21-gun salute welcoming King Abdullah and a brass band played the national anthems of Jordan and Australia.

The King and Queen began their state visit to Australia by visiting the Australian War Memorial, where His Majesty laid a wreath and signed the visitors' book.

King Abdullah and Queen Rania also attended a dinner banquet that was held by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife in honor of Their Majesties and the accompanying delegation.

Here in Amman, His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein was sworn in as Regent in the presence of Cabinet members.