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First official visit of Slovenian Foreign Minister in Jordan in almost two decades

Today, Dr Miro Cerar is starting an official visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This is the first visit of a Slovenian Foreign Minister to this country in almost twenty years. The visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation with an emphasis on deepening political and economic ties.

Minister Cerar began his visit by meeting Jordanian Minister of Industry and Trade and Supply Tariq Hammouri. During their talks, they identified agriculture, energy, IT, telecommunication, logistics, medicine and tourism as possible fields of cooperation. The ministers advocated for the implementation of the memorandum on cooperation between the biggest ports of the countries, namely the Slovenian Port of Koper and the Jordanian port Aqaba, signed in 2015.

Minister Cerar continued his visit by meeting President of the Senate Faisal Al Fayez and Speaker of Jordan's House of Representatives Atef Tarawneh. According to these officials, the relations between Jordan and the EU are positive, and further increase in trade and investment agreements could boost new jobs in the country. The discussions then focused mainly on the current situation in Palestine and Syria. High officials also pleaded in favour of bolstering inter-parliamentary cooperation. 

Minister Cerar concluded his morning part of the visit by meeting with Jordanian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Majd Mohammad Shweikeh. They discussed the possibilities of establishing a direct charter flight connection between Slovenia and Jordan during the summer months, as well as cooperation between the SPIRIT agency and the Jordanian tourist organisation. 

In the afternoon, Minister Cerar will be received by his host, the Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Al Safadi. The broad range of topics on the agenda will include counter-terrorism efforts, development aid, bilateral cooperation in the Union for the Mediterranean, and the situations in Syria and in the Western Balkans.

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