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A meeting of friends as the King of Jordan is welcomed to Oslo by Norway’s Royal Family

Photo by Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen, Det kongelige hoff

King Abdullah II of Jordan is on a two-day long official visit to Norway.

The Jordanian monarch arrived in Norway on March 13th 2022 and attended both a military exercise and held meetings with Norway’s Prime Minister. Day two of the visit, March 14th 2022, started with a meeting at the Norwegian Parliament, before the King continued to an audience and lunch with the Norwegian Royal Family.

King Harald and Queen Sonja received the King of Jordan in an audience at the Palace. Crown Prince Haakon was also present during the audience. After the audience, the Royal Couple invited their Jordanian guest to lunch where the Crown Princess also joined them.

King Harald and Queen Sonja were on a State Visit to Jordan in March 2020. The visit was the first to the Middle East and marked 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. In 2000, King Abdullah and Queen Rania paid a State Visit to Oslo. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess were on an official visit to Jordan in 2014.

Norway and Jordan work closely together in many areas. The Russian invasion and war in Ukraine marked the political talks that King Abdullah has had with Norwegian politicians during the visit. To the Norwegian press, the Jordanian monarch said: “Jordan is an important partner for Norway multilaterally. Jordan’s hospitality to Syrians and other refugees is an important contribution to regional stability. Jordan plays an important role in the work to reach a negotiated two-state solution between Israel and Palestine”.

During his stay in Oslo, King Abdullah also participated in a foreign policy meeting arranged by the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Policy and the Institute for Peace Research. The King of Jordan will leave Norway on March 14th 2022 and return to the Kingdom of Jordan.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.