Jordan, Germany celebrate 60th anniversary of development cooperation

Amman, Deputizing for HRH Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Mohamad Al-Ississ patronized a ceremony celebrating the 60th anniversary of Jordanian-German development cooperation.

“German-Jordanian development cooperation is a model of fruitful bilateral relations for the global community, whose principles will be passed on to the younger generation we celebrate today,” Al-Ississ said during the ceremony held at the Children’s Museum in Amman.

He noted Germany is the second donor to support Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Germany’s Parliamentary State Secretary Norbert Barthle noted that over the past years, the partnership between Jordan and Germany had to be adapted to accommodate the new situation.

“This partnership is deep-rooted and trust-based,” he said, adding: “Germany will remain as strong a supporter of Jordan as it has been for the last 60 years, and we will continue to adapt to new requirements in the future.”

On the sidelines of the ceremony, Al-Ississ and Barthle signed a protocol for government talks that took place last week.

Germany’s ambassador to Jordan Birgitta Maria Siefker-Eberle opened a ceremony earlier Saturday under the theme “Creating Prospects with Youth in Jordan.”

“Over the past 60 years, we have managed to achieve a great deal together,” Eberle said. “Nearly 3 million people in Jordan have access to drinking water, 28,000 have worked through cash-for-work programs, while 7,000 people have found long-term jobs. In the education sector, 37 new schools have been built, which currently provide education to about 24,000 children,” the ambassador noted.

Source: Jordan News Agency