Romanian envoy hails Jordan's strategic role in the Middle East

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Romanian Ambassador to Jordan George Cristian Maior stands outside the Treasury at Petra on November 30, 2021. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Romania’s Ambassador to Jordan George Cristian Maior Tuesday told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, that the high level of stability and a modern entrepreneurial sector make Jordan a regional hub for investment, “a strategic pivot in the Middle East and one of the closest partners of the US and the transatlantic community in this complex and important region”.اضافة اعلان

Speaking on the occasion of Romania’s National Day, observed each year on December 1, the ambassador said "we are keen to contribute to enhancing our cooperation, with a special focus on such fields as security, agriculture, investment and trade, energy, transport and infrastructure, ICT, medicine, research and education, as well as people-to-people contacts".

The envoy highlighted the relations between Romania and Jordan, two countries with “a long history of political, economic and cultural cooperation that has been permanently enhanced over the past 56 years of diplomatic ties”, and expressed appreciation for the Kingdom’s “role and intense efforts in the region, and its balanced and moderate approach”, which make it a “significant partner in the Middle East”.

"Romania has always voiced support for the Kingdom’s aspirations for closer cooperation with the EU, including through the opportunities offered by the innovative new Agenda for the Mediterranean. We also support a closer cooperation with NATO. Romania commends the importance of joint work with Jordan in the global fight against international terrorism," said Maior, hailing the longstanding, and continued, cooperation with the Kingdom, where Romanian companies are currently involved in the development of Jordan’s electricity grid, among others.

"In August 2021, the volume of bilateral trade increased by 72.37 percent over the same period last year, with Romania ranking among the first 15 countries exporting to the Kingdom and third among EU members states, with cereals and live animals as main products," said Maior, noting that the total investment of the nearly 3,500 Romania-registered companies that have Jordanian capital reached last month almost $28.5 million, “which proves that Romania offers a favorable and friendly business environment for Jordanian investors”.

In the field of tourism, Maior said that over the years, Jordan became one of the top Middle East destinations for Romanian citizens; 2019 registered a peak, as more than 15,000 Romanian tourists visited the Kingdom.

"Even during the difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic, Romanian travel agencies were among the first foreign entities to organize trips to the Kingdom, with several weekly direct flights," said the envoy, voicing hope that the sector will grow in the two nations’ interest. Both have great cultural heritage sites recognized by international bodies such as UNESCO, added the envoy.

Regarding scientific and academic cooperation, the envoy highlighted cooperation in higher education; more than 10 Erasmus Plus agreements were signed with different Jordanian universities, and "the two sides are collaborating based on the Program of Cooperation in education for 2019, under which the Romanian government has increased the number of scholarships for Jordanian students to more than 50 yearly for bachelor, master and PhD degrees; the Romanian education system is well known and very much appreciated in Jordan."

The Romanian community in Jordan stands at over 5,000, and more than 14,000 Jordanians studied in Romania during the last decades, “which truly represents the deep ties between the two countries”, said the envoy.
"Therefore, we will continue supporting the different cultural programs, one of which aims to start a Romanian language course," he said.

Maior also emphasized Romania’s traditional, constant, stance and support for the implementation of the two-state solution, and the need to implement confidence-building measures to facilitate the resumption of direct dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis, stressing Romanian authorities' willingness to contribute to the international community's efforts to see direct negotiations resumed and to generate the conditions necessary for achieving “this strategic and important goal”.

During a visit to Petra Tuesday, where the Romanian flag was hoisted alongside the Jordanian flag in front of the Treasury to commemorate the national day, the envoy held a meeting with Chief Commissioner of the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority Suleiman Farajat, discussing ways to enhance cooperation in the areas of tourism and development.

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