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Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja.  - Photo:Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court
Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja. Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court

State Visit to Jordan

The King and Queen began their State Visit to Jordan today. This is the first time that the Royal Couple visits a country in the Middle East, and this year marks 20 years since Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania’s State Visit to Norway. The visit is at the invitation of His Majesty King Abdullah II.  

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Several meetings between Norwegian and Jordanian representatives of trade and industry and the public administration will be held in the course of the visit. Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide and Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø are part of the large delegation of representatives of the Norwegian public and private sectors that is accompanying the King and Queen on their State Visit.

 

The visit seeks to explore investment opportunities and joint economic cooperation between the two countries. Renewable energy, water technologies, tourism and cancer treatment are some of the subjects that will be addressed during the visit. The Jordan Energy Hackathon 2020 was organized in part by Innovation Norway’s Humanitarian Innovation Programme, and brought together young entrepreneurs, refugees, private sector representatives and technology experts with the aim of finding innovative solutions in the energy sector. 

 

This morning, the King and Queen will attend a seafood luncheon hosted by Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø and Seafood Norway to showcase Norwegian seafood. Later, the Royals will attend a business event on women entrepreneurs where the global platform for Digital Public Goods Alliance will be launched.

The King and Queen will visit a girls' school in the city of Salt, where a football pitch has been built in the schoolyard, in partnership with the Norwegian Football Federation. The project aims to give Syrian refugee children an active everyday life and contribute to their integration into Jordanian communities. Furthermore, the King and Queen will visit the Evangelical Lutheran Church, decorated by painter Håkon Gullvåg, and the Baptism Site on the banks of the Jordan River, to mark Norwegian-Jordanian cooperation on promoting interreligious understanding.

Discussions during the state visit will also address the regional political challenges the country faces, and what Norway and Jordan can do together to strengthen political dialogue in the Middle East. The King and Queen will attend a seminar organised by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the Jordanian research institute Center for Strategic Studies, focusing on how to preserve the space for political dialogue. The King and Queen will also host a return event by the Dead Sea, which will include Norwegian and Jordanian cultural performances.

The King and Queen will conclude the state visit with a visit to the ancient city of Petra, to highlight the importance of cultural heritage. Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is Jordan's most visited tourist attraction.