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Turkish-Jordanian ties growing, says envoy


Istanbul, May 11 (Petra) - The Jordanian-Turkish relations have witnessed a qualitative progress in the past few years, Jordan's Ambassador to Turkey Amjad Adaileh said on Saturday.



In statements to Jordan News Agency, Adaileh said that His Majesty King Abdullah II's visit to Turkey last March and his meeting with Turkish president Abdullah Gül and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have established for a new era of relations between the two countries.



Commenting on the current visit of Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour and his talks with Turkish officials, the envoy said the talks focused on various political and economic issues.



The envoy said that a Turkish technical delegation would soon start a visit to the Kingdom to assess Jordan's offer to establish a Turkish free zone in Aqaba to facilitate exports to Africa and another zone in Mafraq for exports to the Gulf Arab states.



He added that the Turkish Minister of Economy will head a Turkish business delegation to the Kingdom for talks on investments opportunities and ways of enhancing trade cooperation between the two countries.



"Turkish businessmen are interested in investing in Jordan thanks to the availability of labour hand needed for establishing Turkish industrial investments to be established in the proposed free zones," Adaileh said.



The trade exchange between Jordan and Turkey stands at $900 million, where the trade balance is in favour of Turkey, according to official figures.



Some 24 cooperation agreements are being drafted to be signed during the coming visit of the Turkish Prime Minister to Amman, the envoy said.



Jordan and Turkey, he said, face joint challenges because of the Syrian crisis and the influx of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees into the two countries. He added that the number of the Syrian refugees in Jordan is much higher than it is in Turkey.



//Petra// RQ / A SH



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