Turkey and Jordan, the two regional countries suffering the most from the growing Syrian refugee crisis, have vowed to boost ties in various fields, with expectations that the five-year long Syrian tragedy will soon come to a peaceful end.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, accompanied by Turkey’s foreign, industry, transportation and water ministers, paid a two-day trip to Amman to sign a score of agreements to boost bilateral ties with Jordan, as well exchange views on the ongoing Syrian problem.
Following a meeting between the two countries’ delegations under the leadership of Davutoğlu and his host, Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, the two countries signed 10 different agreements on March 27.
The agreements envisaged deepening cooperation in the fields of labor, employment, trade policies, protection and promotion of mutual investments, meteorology, forestry and air transportation. Jordan’s Petra and Turkey’s Anadolu Agency news agencies also signed a protocol over news exchange and cooperation.
After the meeting at the prime minister’s office, Davutoğlu met with King Abdullah before addressing the Turkey-Jordan Business Forum and a conference held by a Jordan-based think tank.
During the visit Davutoğlu also inaugurated the opening of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) office in Amman.
Turkey and Jordan have always been in close dialogue and cooperation with their Western allies as part of their efforts to establish peace and stability in the Middle East. Facing similar challenges in the refugee crisis and the existence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on their borders, the two leaderships held in-depth assessments on the future of the region.
During the talks Jordan, which hosts around 1.2 million Syrians on its soil, expressed a willingness to cooperate with Turkey.
Turkish and Jordanian leaders also discussed recent developments in Palestine and international efforts to revive the Arab-Israeli peace process.
Davutoğlu meets Ban Ki-moon
After his talks with Jordanian officials, Davutoğlu also had a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who was in Amman as part of a regional tour. The two men reviewed the U.N.-led ongoing talks aimed at accomplishing a political transition process in Syria, as well as other important regional developments.
Turkey, Jordan boost ties amid Syrian crisis - DIPLOMACY