Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has today met with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan at Downing Street. They discussed with the situation in the UK and Jordan, as well as the links between the countries.
A spokesperson said for the Prime Minister:
“The Prime Minister met with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan in Downing Street today for talks and a working lunch. The leaders reflected on the close bilateral relationship and longstanding friendship between our countries.
They noted the positive impact of the Jordan Growth and Opportunity Conference earlier this year. The Prime Minister welcomed the King’s progress in delivering economic reforms and urged continued momentum.
The leaders also acknowledged Jordan’s important role in maintaining regional stability and the Prime Minister thanked the King for the part Jordan continues to play in hosting Syrian refugees.”
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, is visiting Saudi Arabia and Jordan to strengthen relationships between the UK and Middle Eastern countries. Discussions are expected to be on security in the region, economic ties and efforts to deal with the refugee crisis.
In advance of the visit the Prime Minister said:
“As the United Kingdom leaves the EU, we are determined to forge a bold, confident future for ourselves in the world. We must look at the challenges that we, and future generations, will face and build stronger partnerships with countries that will be vital to both our security and our prosperity.
It is clearly in the UK’s security and prosperity interests to support Jordan and Saudi Arabia in tackling regional challenges to create a more stable region, and in delivering their ambitious reform programmes to ensure their own stability. An even deeper partnership with these countries, and greater knowledge and understanding of one another, will increase our ability to address the issues that concern us, including the promotion of international standards and norms.
To tackle the threats we face from terrorism and from geopolitical instability, we must meet them at their source. Jordan is on the frontline of multiple regional crises and I’m clear that by working with them, we are helping keep British people safe.
Likewise in Saudi Arabia: we must never forget that intelligence we have received in the past from that country has saved potentially hundreds of lives in the UK. And there is so much we can do together on trade, with immense potential for Saudi investment to provide a boost to the British economy.
So I hope my visit will herald a further intensification in relations between our countries and deepen true strategic partnerships, enabling us to seize the opportunities ahead and ensure the security and prosperity of our people for decades to come”.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, was critical of the arms trade between the UK and Saudi Arabia and said:
“As it stands, the British-Saudi relationship is damaging to the people of Saudi Arabia, Britain and the wider Middle East, and helping to export insecurity to the rest of the world”.
David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has met with Queen Rania of Jordan. Born in 1970 the Queen married Abdullah bin Al-Hussein, a then Prince, in June 1993. Since then she has taken an interest in women’s and children’s rights around the world and has supported numerous United Nations programmes.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:
“The Prime Minister held talks with Her Majesty, Queen Rania of Jordan this afternoon.
They discussed the need for a comprehensive approach to the Syrian humanitarian crisis, and agreed that as well as substantially increasing humanitarian aid, countries must seek to address the longer term needs of refugees through education and employment, to enable them to return to Syria and rebuild its economy once the conflict has ended.
Queen Rania thanked the British people for their generosity in providing support to Syrians, and said countries in the Middle East and Europe should work together to respond to the challenges of so many refugees.
The Prime Minister and Queen Rania discussed the forthcoming Syria Pledging Conference, and agreed education was vital to securing a bright future, reiterating their commitment to ensuring greater access to education for all children in Syria and its neighbouring countries”.
David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has condemned the murder of Moaz al-Kassasbeh who was set on fire today by ISIS troops. The Prime Minister issued a statement:
“I condemn this sickening murder by ISIL’s barbaric terrorists. I pay tribute to the dedication and bravery of Lieutenant Moaz al-Kassasbeh, who as a member of the Jordanian Armed Forces serving in the anti-ISIL Coalition, paid with his life while protecting his country and us all. My thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight at this tragic time.
These terrorists’ brutal behaviour will only strengthen our resolve. We stand in solidarity with our Jordanian friends and we will continue to work with them and our other Coalition partners to defeat ISIL. Together we are making progress. In the last week, ISIL has been thrown out of Kobane. The Iraqi Armed Forces, with Coalition support, are steadily re-taking territory in Northern Iraq, freeing many thousands from ISIL’s utter cruelty. We will not stop until these evil extremists and their poisonous ideology are defeated.”