CANBERRA�Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Thursday, held talks in Canberra with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on means to forge closer ties between the two countries, mainly in the economic and trade fields.

The discussions also dealt with the latest developments in the Middle East, mainly the Syrian crisis and efforts to counter terrorism.

He highlighted the importance of intensifying regional and international efforts to counter terrorism and extremism within a holistic strategy, pointing to threats posed by terrorism to the whole world.

On the Syrian crisis, the King and the Australian premier stressed the importance of reaching a political solution that preserves the country’s unity and safety of its people.

In this context, King Abdullah thanked Australia for its support to Jordan and other host countries of refugees, pointing to the pressure placed by the Syrian refugee crisis on the Kingdom’s resources.

In joint statements following the meeting, His Majesty expressed his thanks and that of Queen Rania for the hospitality that was accorded to them by the Australian government and people.

The King stressed his keenness to continue efforts to boost relations between the two countries in various domains.

He urged the international community to continue work to address the refugee crisis caused by the conflict in Syria, pointing to the burden being borne by the Kingdom as a result of hosting a large number of Syrian refugees.

Source: Nam News Network

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