Jordanian News Agency PETRA, Jordan
May 6, 2008 Tuesday 1:20 PM EST



King, Queen Return Home


Amman, May 6 (Petra)? Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania Al
Abdullah on Tuesday returned home after a two-day visit to Azerbaijan.

During the visit, His Majesty held talks with Azeri President Ilham
Aliev focused on boosting bilateral cooperation especially in the
economic fields and on the regional political issues of mutual
concern.

The two leaders discussed latest developments in the peace process,
affirming that finding a just and lasting solution for the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict, in accordance with the international
Security Council's resolutions, the road map and the Arab peace
initiative, is a guarantee for the rights and interests of both
peoples.

At the end of discussions, which were held on the occasion of the 15th
anniversary of launching diplomatic relations between Jordan and
Azerbaijan, a joint statement was released in which the two leaders
expressed satisfaction with UN resolution regarding the situation in
the occupied Azeri territories - a resolution that will contribute to
finding a peaceful settlement between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The two leaders affirmed the importance of finding a just solution for
this conflict to guarantee the unity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan.

In this regard, Aliev expressed appreciation for Jordan over its stand
by Azerbaijan and its issues in United Nations and in the Organization
of the Islamic Conference.

In the presence of King Abdullah II and President Ilham Aliev, two
agreements were signed between the two countries on encouraging
investments and on avoiding double taxation.

On the second day of the visit, His Majesty the King and President
Aliev inaugurated the trade exhibition in Baku where 45 Jordanian
companies showcased their products and services.

In their joint statement, the two leaders expressed support to the
private sector in both countries to benefit from the distinguished
political relations and from the legal and institutional frameworks as
well as from the transportation opportunities to expand and exchange
trade and economic exchange.

His Majesty was accompanied by HRH Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein, HRH
Prince Hashem Bin Al Hussein, Chief of the Royal Court Bassem
Awadallah, Foreign Minister Salahddin Bashir, Minister of Industry and
Trade Amer Hadidi, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Khaled
Jameel Sarayreh, and Director of the Intelligence Department
Gen. Mohammed Dahabi.

//Petra// Ashkar