President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a joint press conference with King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan following their meeting.
Voicing his pleasure to host King Abdullah II of Jordan, President Erdoğan said: “This year, we mark the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Turkey and Jordan. We welcome Jordan’s decisive attitude against FETO and solidarity with Turkey.”
“WE NEED A MORE BALANCED STRUCTURE IN ECONOMIC RELATIONS”
Noting that they will further increase the current bilateral trade volume of $1 billion between Turkey and Jordan through investments and grand projects, President Erdoğan said: “The free trade, reciprocal promotion and protection of investments and visa exemption agreements, signed in the last 5-6 years, have played an important role in improving the relations between our two countries.” Noting that they want a more balanced structure in economic relations, President Erdoğan said they would continue the steps they had took in that direction.
“We have significant cooperation potential in trade, defense industry, infrastructural investments and tourism,” President Erdoğan said. “The cultural interaction and student exchange programs between Turkey and Jordan continue to improve”, the President said, noting that 50 Jordanian students were granted Türkiye scholarships in 2017 to study at Turkish universities.
“A WRONG STEP ON AL-QUDS’ STATUS WOULD CAUSE INDIGNATION IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD”
Stating that he and King Abdullah II of Jordan also discussed regional developments during their meeting, President Erdoğan said: “We share the same feelings with Jordan regarding the preservation of Al-Quds’ sanctity and historical status.”
“We highly value the critical role, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan plays as the custodian of the sacred sites in Al-Quds. A wrong step regarding Al-Quds’ status would cause indignation in the Islamic world. It would dynamite the ground for peace and ignite new tensions and clashes. Al-Quds Is the Apple of All Muslims’ Eyes. Any approach that disregard this historical fact –no matter who it comes from- will end in frustration and disaster. Regional peace, calm and security is too important to be sacrificed for domestic political calculations. The only way to stability in the Middle East is through the establishment of an independent State of Palestine within the 1967 borders with East Quds as its capital.”
“ISLAMIC WORLD MUST ACT IN UNITY”
Announcing that he, as the Summit Chair of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, will convene the Extraordinary Leaders’ Summit in Istanbul on December 13, President Erdoğan said: “It is of great importance that the Islamic world act in unity and solidarity to protect Al-Quds’ status.”
“I would like to call on the entire world from here: Any step that might alter the legal status of Al-Quds, which was also reaffirmed many times with UN resolutions, must be avoided. No one has the right to play with the fate of billions of people for the sake of their personal ambitions. Such a step would only play into the hands of terrorist organizations,” the President said.
Stating that he and King Abdullah II of Jordan also exchanged views regarding the developments in Syria and Iraq, President Erdoğan said: “We attach great importance to Syria and Iraq’s territorial integrity. We have observed that Jordan closely follows the developments in this context and shares our concerns. We host millions of brothers and sisters, who had to leave Syria and Iraq. Today, Turkey hosts 3 million and Jordan over 1 million Syrians. In the upcoming period, we will further strengthen our cooperation on these matters in a way that will contribute to regional peace, security and stability.”
KING ABDULLAH II OF JORDAN: “THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE TO THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION”
Noting that regional developments require close coordination and consultations, King Abdullah II of Jordan, with regard to Palestine, said that there is no alternative to the two-state solution, which is key to any peace agreement and to the stability of the entire region.
Following the press conference, President Erdoğan hosted a dinner in honor of King Abdullah II of Jordan at the Presidential Complex.