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Jordanians, Palestinians jump-start economic relations

The first meeting in three years of the Joint Higher Jordanian-Palestinian Committee was deemed positive, with agreements signed in a number of sectors.
Jordan's King Abdullah II and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wave during a reception ceremony in the West Bank city of Ramallah, August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC193C6B9930

After years of lackluster economic cooperation, Palestinian-Jordanian relations have warmed considerably. The Joint Jordanian-Palestinian Higher Committee, which has not met in three years, held high-level meetings in Amman Sept. 27. Ministers and businesspersons from both sides attended a flurry of marathon gatherings, which resulted in the signing of five agreements at the Prime Ministry during a summit headed by Jordanian Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. Both sides described the atmosphere at the signing ceremony as excellent.

The official Jordanian news agency, Petra, and the official Palestinian agency, Wafa, issued long, almost identical press releases, which were posted to government websites. Maha Sayegh, economic attache at the Palestinian Embassy in Amman, told Al-Monitor that the meetings were extremely courteous and collegial. “I have attended many similar meetings of the joint committee, and I don’t recall any meeting as warm and friendly as this one,” she said.

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