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Jordan King's 3-day India visit begins today; address on Islamic heritage, moderation to be key highlight

The two sides are also expected to sign a number of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and agreements in diverse areas of bilateral cooperation.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: February 27, 2018 9:27 IST ]
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King of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, accompanied by a business delegation, will begin his three-day visit to India on Tuesday. He will arrive late in the evening in New Delhi.

This will be his second visit to India after his visit along with Queen Rania in 2006.

A special address on Islamic heritage and promoting moderation will be a major highlight of his visit. King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, a 41st generation direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad, is known for his global initiative to fight radicalisation and terrorism. He is also the custodian of the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, located in the Old City of Jerusalem. 

The two sides are expected to sign a number of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and agreements in diverse areas of bilateral cooperation. 

President Ram Nath Kovind will host a banquet in honour of King Abdullah while Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will call on the visiting dignitary. 

On Wednesday, the King will visit IIT Delhi to explore collaboration with Jordan technical institutes. 

During the day, the King will also participate in a CEO Round-table followed by India-Jordan Business Forum jointly organised by Industry bodies Ficci, CII and Assocham.

India-Jordan trade stood at $1.35 billion in 2016-17, according to figures provided by the External Affairs Ministry.

Earlier this month, King Abdullah hosted PM Modi at his residence in Amman. Jordan had facilitated Modi's transit to Palestine in what was the first ever prime ministerial visit from India to that West Asian nation.

(With agency inputs)

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