Success after success

His Majesty King Abdullah, Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (center), and Cyprus's President Nikos Anastasiadis (right) pose for a photograph prior to their trilateral meeting in Athens on
His Majesty King Abdullah, Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (center), and Cyprus's President Nikos Anastasiadis (right) pose for a photograph prior to their trilateral meeting in Athens on July 28, 2021. (Photo: AFP)
Success is a process, and an accumulation of achievements, leading to a new reality that fulfills an overarching vision.

This is exactly what is materializing in Jordanian diplomacy at this stage, with its machinery functioning in full gear towards a pre-set matrix of higher national goals, led by His Majesty King Abdullah.اضافة اعلان

His Majesty's recent trilateral summit with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, held in Athens, is a link in this chain of successes that will pay off in the foreseen future.

If we were to look at the bigger picture, we will see that Jordan is on its way to overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, and plans are set to optimally manage the recovery period.

The Athens summit, convening for the third time, leaves no gaps in the cooperation process involving the three nations, as the partners are working on three tracks; the first of which is trilateral cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, water, energy, agriculture, ICT, environment, and tourism, along with anti-COVID efforts.

And because economic cooperation does not function in an environment lacking peace and security, the three countries are joining efforts to recover from the implications of terrorism and thwart security threats. The refugee and migration issues, as well as efforts to reach political solutions to regional crises, topped the talks' agenda.

Thirdly, the summit covered Jordan’s relations with the European Union, a reliable partner and supporter of the Kingdom. In his remarks at the summit, the King summed it up, saying: “We look forward to seeing how we, as three countries, could tap into many opportunities, whether it is trade, security, tourism, energy, agriculture, water, the environment, healthcare, investment, and ICT, as well as what I really think has a relationship between our three countries, in culture and education.” Very comprehensive indeed.

The clear fact about Jordanian foreign policy is that the Kingdom always pursues a win-win situation that reflects on the welfare of the peoples. Politics to Jordan is a jumping board into economic gains and a better economy, which means a better future where everyone lives in peace and prosperity.

The Eastern Mediterranean partnership with Cyprus and Greece complements the Jordan-Egypt-Iraq alliance, which saw its third summit taking place in Baghdad ahead of King Abdullah's historic visit to Washington earlier this month. It's a symphony of proactive moves that imply an underlying determination on the part of Amman to make a difference in the regional reality, which has long been marred by a hostile atmosphere, economic woes — mainly high rates of unemployment and poverty — and a merciless pandemic.

Jordan is tapping every opportunity to deepen its friendships with neighbors and allies and reap the fruits of such alliances, empowered by its renewed role as an active regional player, a peacemaker, and a vanguard of change.

The ball is now in the court of the government and leaders of the private sector to capitalize on the progress made on all these fronts. We assume that action plans and follow-up mechanisms are ready to translate the agreements into facts on the ground.

It would be a good idea if a government taskforce is formed to handle this mandate and take cooperation with countries into implementation levels. The machine should not stop until results are achieved. Harvest time will come when citizens feel concrete change to their livelihoods. This is the endgame and the ultimate goal.

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