Austrian embassy celebrates National Day, lauds ties with Jordan

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AMMAN — Jordanian politicians, businessmen, and activists, and members of the foreign diplomatic corps converged on Austrian Ambassador Oskar Wüstinger’s residence in Amman on Wednesday to celebrate Austria’s National Day.اضافة اعلان

The event is commemorated on October 26 of each year since 1965, a decade after a law declaring Austrian neutrality was proclaimed.

In the Amman ceremony, Wustinger saluted his guests in a brief address in which he lauded his nation’s cordial relations with his host country.

He also praised Jordan for hosting a large number of refugees, asserting that Vienna “will continue to support Jordan with this important cause”.

He noted that Austria provided aid of 5 million euros to UNRWA, the UN agency caring for Palestinian refugees.

On the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking and his country’s vision for a solution to the lingering cause of Palestine, the ambassador declared: “I stress here the importance of the two-state solution, as a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue”.

In remarks later to Jordan News, Wüstinger said that relations between Austria and Jordan “are excellent, and witness significant progress and development year after year”.

He pointed to continued bilateral cooperation on the various levels between the two friendly nations.

The ambassador said that Austrian tourists “consider Jordan their favorite destination, especially the Golden Triangle”, which comprises Petra, Wadi Rum, and Aqaba.

“When I take my comrades from Austria to governorates such as Ajloun, Jerash, and others, they are amazed at the splendor of these places,” he said. “This is clear evidence that Jordan has a lot to offer to tourists, and that there are a lot of hidden gems that need to be discovered.”

Herwig Neuper, the embassy’s commercial counselor, told Jordan News that a visit by an Austrian delegation to the Kingdom in May was a “kickstart toward great cooperation between the two countries”.

“We look forward to operators in different sectors to come to Jordan, and invest,” he added.

He said that Austrian representatives will participate in ICT forum on the MENA region, which will be held in the Dead Sea on November 16–17. He said Austrian speakers at the parley will discuss the importance of cybersecurity and digitalization.

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