Islamabad: The Ambassador of Jordan to Pakistan, Mr. Genera Nawaf Khalifa Saraireh hosted an excellent ceremony to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Independence Day of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at Sereena Hotel Islamabad on Tuesday, 24th May. Scores of diplomats, political party’s representatives, senior journalists and business communities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi participated in the ceremony. Minister for Inter-provincial coordination Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada was the chief guest of the event.
National anthem of both Pakistan and Jordan were played and chief guest Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada performed the cake cutting ceremony with Jordanian Ambassador and other distinguished guests. Jordanians are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Independence Day and the centennial of The Great Arab Revolt; Jordan had its independence from the British mandate and announced the establishment of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on May 25, 1946.
On the occasion of Independence the Jordanian ambassador to Pakistan issued a special message. In his message, Mr. Genera Nawaf Khalifa Saraireh, said Jordan and Islamic Republic of Pakistan, enjoy strong, deep and historic ties, a relationship based on common values and perceptions. Jordan is always emphasizing the need to strengthen relations with Pakistan, because of the common interest of the two brotherly nations. Existing bilateral commercial and economic relations had increased. Nevertheless, the present volume of bilateral trade is far below the potential of the two countries. We stress the need for measures to enhance and diversify trade relations.
Pakistan enjoy very high level military relations with Jordan, last month Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif was given unprecedented reception upon his arrival in Jordan during his two-day official visit. During his visit the Army Chief was received by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Jordanian Armed Forces, Gen Mashal Al-Zaben and Chief of Royal Jordanian Air Force, Major General Mansour AlJobour.
Later General Raheel Sharif met HRH Prince Al-Hassan bin Talal and also called on Chief of Royal Jordanian Air Force, Major General Mansour AlJobour. General Sharif also held separate meetings with Gen Mashal Al-Zaben, Chairman Joint chief of Staff Jordanian Armed forces, HRH Lt Gen Prince feisal Bin El Hussein. During the meetings, regional security, military to military relations, matter of mutual interest including enhanced defense collaboration and military training exchanges were discussed.
During his visit General Raheel was awarded the most prestigious Jordanian medal of merit for displaying remarkable courage in leading Pak Army in the face of multiple threats specially the menace of terrorism, and above all for his great efforts to promote peace and stability in the region.
Pakistan and Jordanian Air Forces have also historic relations and these relations enhanced when Jordan agreed to sale F-16 air craft to Pakistan in 2014. Pakistan’s Air Force has purchased one squadron of F-16 multi-role fighter aircraft from Jordan. Those 13 F-16s were in service in the Royal Jordanian Air Force. These aircraft are the same F-16 A/B Block-15 variant that Pakistan’s Air Force already operates. The purchase brings the Pakistan Air Force’s total F-16 count to 76.
Jordan was classified as a country of ‘high human development’ by the 2014 Human Development Report. Jordan has an ‘upper middle income’ economy. It enjoys ‘advanced status’ with the European Union since December 2010 and it is a member of the Euro-Mediterranean free trade area. It is also a founding member of the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The Writer is Editor Daily Online News Paper “The Fortress”