The Kingdom of Jordan and the Kingdom of Norway have developed close ties in the recent decades and the two royal families have visited each other many times.
King Abdullah of Jordan is now on a visit to Norway which began on March 13th 2022.
His Majesty attended joint defence, maritime, and tactical exercises, held over two days between JAF’s King Abdullah II Special Forces Group and the Norwegian Special Operations Command personnel, as part of cooperation and exchange of expertise between the two countries. King Abdullah II also attended a meeting with Norway’s Prime Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, to further improve the importance of strengthening cooperation between Jordan and Norway.
On March 14th 2022, the visit will continue with a meeting between King Abdullah and King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette Marit. The Kings of Norway and Jordan will hold an audience before joining the others for lunch at the royal palace in Oslo. King Abdullah II of Jordan will also visit the Norwegian parliament.
King Abdullah and Queen Rania previously paid a State Visit to Norway in 2000, which King Harald and Queen Sonja returned in February 2020. The Norwegian State Visit to Jordan in 2020 was carried out just before the coronavirus pandemic broke out and led to King Harald and Queen Sonja having to be quarantined when they returned home.
During the state visit in 2020, Queen Sonja said: “Jordan has a strange, haunting beauty and a sense of timelessness. Dotted with the ruins of empires once great, it is the last resort of yesterday in the world of tomorrow.”