The Lower House Speaker, Atef Tarawneh, on Tuesday, discussed with the Indian ambassador to Jordan

Amman, Nov 18 (Petra) - The Lower House Speaker, Atef Tarawneh, on Tuesday, discussed with the Indian ambassador to Jordan, Anil Trigunayat, the latest developments in the region and bilateral relations.

Tarawneh outlined the situation in Palestine and the repeated Zionist attacks at the holy sites, in contradiction with the international conventions and laws and the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, besides being in violation of the custodianship of the Hashemite over the holy sites in Jerusalem.

In that regard, he noted that His Majesty King Abdullah II's efforts in pursuing the issue with various stakeholder parties resulted in the re-opening of the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and alleviating tension there.

Tarawneh emphasized that terrorism has no religion and does not stop at the borders of any country, which makes it incumbent upon all countries in the world to fight it wherever it raises its head and to drain it of any sustenance.

The house speaker reviewed the burdens the Kingdom has been shouldering and the efforts it has been making under the leadership of His Majesty the King, in dealing with the turbulence in the region, especially the Syrian refugee crisis which has dramatically affected Jordan's budget.

He called for the international community to assume its responsibilities towards the refugees to enable Jordan to continue playing its role, which it is doing on behalf of the world. He said the Kingdom has shown respect to the international law by opening its borders to receive refugees.

Domestically, Tarawneh said, Jordan's state policy is consistent and clear, based on the development and modernization of all institutions, and legislation governing the political, social and economic life, noting that the Lower House last year had established a center for studies and research which is being developed continuously and provided with competent human resources.

The Indian ambassador said that his country is seeking to strengthen and increase cooperation with Jordan in all fields, stressing the importance of exchanging expertise, visits, training courses and activating parliamentary friendship committees.

He praised Jordan's democracy and the reforms implemented under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II.

He said that India is aware of the burdens that Jordan bears due to the repercussions of the situation in the region, and praised the Kingdom's role in fighting terrorism in the region and hosting refugees.

Trigunayat pointed to the need for the world to stand against terrorism and fight it.

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