Middle-East Current Affairs - 2019
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India and Jordan have signed six Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in various fields.
These MoUs were signed in presence of Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in Amman.
Jordan was first leg of President Pranab Mukherjee’s official three Middle East nations tour to Jordan, Palestine and Israel.
The agreements signed are
- MoU on executive programme for cultural exchange between the Jordanian and Indian governments.
- MoU on Communication and Information Technology to cooperate in the field of ICT and electronics fields.
- MoU between Jordan News Agency Petra and the Press Trust of India (PTI).
- MoU on Maritime Transport Sector.
- MoU between Jordan Institute of Diplomacy and Indian Foreign Service Institute (IFSI).
- MoU between Indian Metrological Department (IMD) and Jordan Standards and Metrology Organisation to cooperate in assessment techniques.
President Pranab Mukherjee also inaugurated a street named after Mahatma Gandhi in Amman and planted an Olive tree in peace park. Jordan has fully assured support to India’s candidature in the expanded United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Both countries also assured to enhance their cooperation in counter-terrorism and defence.
Prince Saud al-Faisal, former foreign minister of Saudi Arabia passed away in United States. He was 75.
He was the Saudi kingdom’s foreign minister for 4 decades (from 1975 to 2015). He had retired in April 2015 and was succeeded by Adel al-Jubeir.
He had served under four Saudi kings and had advanced the kingdom’s foreign policy, especially after the 9/11 attacks in US. It should be noted that he was world’s longest-serving foreign minister.
His tenure as foreign minister has seen various extreme events in Middle-East such as
- Invasion of Lebanon by Israel (1978, 1982 and 2006).
- Eruption of Palestinian intifadas (1987 and 2000).
- Invasion of Iran by Iraq (1980).
- Invasion of Kuwait by Iraq (1990).
- Occupation of Iraq by a US-led coalition (2003).
Saud al-Faisal was son of King Faisal and was born on 2 January 1940 in Taif near Mecca. In the 1960s, he started his career as consultant for Petroleum Ministry of Saudi Kingdom.