Jordan, Japan stress strong ties

Amman, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Imad Fakhoury, Wednesday stressed the strong historical relations between Jordan and Japan at various levels.

During a ceremony at the Japanese Embassy in Amman on the occasion of Japan’s National Day, the minister expressed appreciation towards Japan’s commitment to support Jordan and the long-standing partnership between the two countries.

The Japanese Ambassador to Jordan Hidenao Yanagi said that the National Day of Japan marks the birthday of His Majesty Emperor Akihito, who will become 84 years old on the 23rd of this month.

“As some of you may know, the Emperor expressed his wish to abdicate last year, so the government of Japan decided last week that the abdication will take place at the end of April in 2019, thereafter Crown Prince Naruhito, who visited Jordan twice in 1990s, will rise to the Imperial throne as of 1st May 2019, the ambassador added.”

The ambassador stressed the importance of bilateral ties between the two countries referring to His Majesty King Abdullah II’s visit to Japan last year, which was followed by Prime Minister Hani Mulki’s visit this year, in addition to the working visit of Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono’s to Jordan last September .

Jordan is no doubt a major country to achieve peace and stability in the region, he said, adding that Japan commends all efforts of the Jordanian government and its people and will spare no effort to support Jordan economically and politically.

Japan’s bilateral and multilateral assistance following the Syrian crisis have reached over 1 billion USD ,” he said.

The ceremony was attended by a number of ministers, parliamentarians, officials and diplomats as well as journalists. It also included pavilions for presenting products of a number of Japanese companies.

Source: Jordan News Agency