His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan met with the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, at a summit meeting in Cairo earlier this week in order to discuss diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Jordan and the Republic of Egypt. The meeting builds upon the sessions of a Jordanian-Egyptian higher committee held last year.
Relationships between Egypt and Jordan have, traditionally, been relatively cordial ever since Jordan achieved independence from the British in 1946. Since then the two have undertaken many operations together, and are co-members in numerous regional and international groups such as the Arab League and the Council of Arab Economic Unity.
During the summit, President Sisi highlighted the long years of Egyptian and Jordanian friendship over the past sixty-one years and has affirmed Egypt’s commitment to ensuring that relationships between the two continue to hold strong over the course of the next century. He hoped that the two would continue to develop a strong partnership on “all levels”, in order to better assure the peace and prosperity of both nations. To this, King Abdullah also expressed interest in fostering closer links between Jordan and Egypt, and praised Egypt’s role in its stalwart support of Arab interests and ensuring solidarity among Arabic-speaking peoples within the region.
Also on the agenda were discussions on how the two nations could co-operate in order to tackle mutual challenges and various regional issues. One such challenge was the refugee crisis following unrest and civil war in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, as well as the growing tensions between the Palestinians and Israelis along the Gaza Strip and West Bank. The two leaders recommended strong joint action on these points, in order to provide a stable, solid and united front in the face of adversity.
The King of Jordan’s role within Jerusalem as custodian over Christian and Islamic holy sites was also brought up, to which King Abdullah reaffirmed his commitment to supporting them as well as the people of the city.
Discussions about the various issues were cordial, constructive and ultimately hopeful. Both the King and the President discussed various strategies and hoped that they would be built upon when the summit in Amman later this year.
After the summit was concluded, the President then hosted a state banquet in honour of the King of Jordan and his delegates.