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Sheikh Tamim invites Jordan’s crown prince to visit Qatar

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The two countries have been strengthening bilateral ties in recent years.

Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani invited Jordan’s Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II to visit Doha, the Gulf state’s embassy in Amman said on Wednesday.

The Amir’s invitation was delivered to the Jordanian crown prince through Qatar’s Ambassador to Jordan Sheikh Saud bin Nasser bin Jassim Al -Thani. No further details were revealed regarding the date of the visit.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II traveled to Qatar in October this year in his fist visit to the country in several years, during which he discussed the two countries’ bilateral ties with Sheikh Tamim.
The Jordanian monarch was accompanied by Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, and Prime Minister Bisher Al Khasawneh.

During the two-day visit, Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani and his Jordanian counterpart signed an agreement on mutual visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and special passports.

Another MoU was signed between the Qatar Investment Authority and Jordan’s Government Investments Management Company [GIMC].

In February 2021, Qatar’s amir visited Jordan for the first time since 2014 and offered to provide 10,000 jobs for Jordanians while also pledging $30 million in assistance to the Hashemite’s military pension fund. Jordan had been struggling economically with protests and workers’ strikes increasing in the months before the visit.

In August, Qatar’s FM met with his Jordanian counterpart and King Abdullah during a visit to Amman.

The meeting saw both diplomats confirming that Jordan will continue to coordinate with Qatar to help provide Palestinians with humanitarian assistance and work towards reaching “comprehensive peace” in Palestine.

Jordan’s King Abdullah meets Sheikh Tamim in first visit to Qatar in years

Qatar-Jordan bilateral ties

Qatar and Jordan share strong bilateral relations, with at least 60,000 Jordanians working in various sectors in Doha including health, education, finance, hospitality, and information technology.

Qatar’s investments in Jordan’s Stock Exchange reached $847 million at the end of September, making the Gulf state the seventh-largest stakeholder in Jordanian stocks in terms of ownership of securities by nationality.

Some reports have estimated that Qatari investments in Jordan exceede $4.5 billion in all sectors, including $550 million in private sector investments. Of those investments, $950 million is equity in companies listed on the Amman Stock Exchange.

The two countries have also cooperated in the military field.

In 2019, King Abdullah met with Qatari Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah to sign bilateral cooperation agreements between Doha and Amman’s armed forces.

In the same year, Jordan appointed Zaid Al-Lozi, secretary general of the country’s foreign ministry, as its ambassador to Doha.


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