Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour and his Egyptian counterpart Hazem el Beblawi held talks on Saturday to discuss ways to cement Jordanian-Egyptian ties in all fields "in the service of the two countries' interest." Ensour, who arrived in Cairo earlier in the day, said he was visiting in his capacity as defence minister to join the country in its celebrations of the October War, and "to offer his congratulations to the Egyptians on this occasion dear to us all." He stressed the "historically solid and brotherly" ties between Jordan and Egypt, noting that His Majesty King Abdullah was the first Arab and world leader to visit Cairo after the 30th of June Revolution to send a message about the importance of Egypt and "its favours to the Arab world." Ensour said Jordan looked forward to strengthening relations in various fields and increasing bilateral commercial exchanges and investments, noting that Egyptian labour was welcome in the Kingdom.
Referring to the repercussions of the Syrian crisis on the Jordanian economy, he said the Kingdom's exports had been hit and also expressed hope that pumping of Egyptian gas to Jordan would resume to the level agreed upon by both countries, noting that gas supplies had a paramount impact on the Jordanian economy.
He also expressed the hope that Egypt would provide facilities to Libya-bound Jordanian goods transiting through the Egyptian territory.
During the talks, attended by officials from the two sides, Beblawi said he appreciated Jordan's stances and called for bolstering ties and finding wider scopes for cooperation, mainly in the media sector through launching joint programs to foster cultural exchange. He also praised Jordan's interest in the Egyptian labour.
The two premiers agreed to convene the joint Jordanian-Egyptian Higher Committee meeting in Cairo at a date to be mutually agreed this year. The committee held its last meeting in Amman in December, 2012.
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