Amman, Oct.12(Petra)-- His Majesty King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah on Monday received Azeri President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva who started a two- day visit to the Kingdom.
King Abdullah and the Azeri President held talks on bilateral relations and means to promote them as well as developments in the Middle East.
The two leaders expressed satisfaction over the progress of bilateral relations, stressing the need to enhance cooperation between Jordan and Azerbaijan, particularly in the economic, industrial, joint investment and trade spheres.
The King and the Azeri President also pointed out to the possibility of increasing joint investments, particularly in the defense and pharmaceutical industries fields.
The talks also touched upon possibility of making use of investment opportunities available in Azerbaijan in health, educational, Information Technology, and engineering services fields.
On the regional situation, King Abdullah reviewed efforts underway to achieve peace and bring about a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in line with the two-state solution and within a comprehensive regional context based on credible terms of reference, namely the Arab peace initiative.
The two leaders also stressed the need to intensify efforts to relaunch serious negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel so as to put an end to the conflict based on the two- state solution and establish an independent Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel.
Outlining the situation in Jerusalem, King Abdullah warned against Israel's unilateral measures , stressing the Kingdomís condemnation of such actions which threaten peace-making efforts.
King Abdullah and the Azeri President also discussed challenges facing the Islamic world, highlighting the need to coordinate efforts to activate the joint Islamic action. They also stressed the need to enhance cultural cooperation between the two countries.
The talks were attended by Royal Court Chief Nasser Lozi, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen.Khaled Jamil Sarayreh, Kingís advisor Ayman Safadi, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Minister of Trade and Industry Amer Hadidi and other Jordanian and Azeri senior officials.
It is noted that Jordanís exports to Azerbaijan stood at JD 1.5 million in the first seven month in 2009 while imports amounted to JD 42 million.
King Abdullah had earlier visited Azerbaijan in May, 2008 and held talks with the Azeri President on bilateral cooperation, especially in the economic and trade fields.
The two sides also had signed a number of cooperation agreements in various fields.http://petra.gov.jo/Artic...tion=1&Artical=141639