On Tuesday King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein has arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit. He was accorded a grand welcome with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who received him at the airport, in a special gesture.    

The Jordanian King’s visit comes nearly three weeks after Modi travelled to Jordan as part of his trip to West Asia, including Palestine.        

“Welcomed His Majesty King Abdullah II to Delhi. It’s wonderful to meet him again, after my brief halt at Amman earlier this month. His visit to India will further deepen bilateral ties between our nations. I look forward to our talks on Thursday,” Modi tweeted.   

President Ram Nath Kovind will host a banquet in honour of King Abdullah while Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will call on the visiting dignitary. 

The Prime Minister and the King will hold extensive talks on Thursday covering entire expanse of bilateral ties, official sources said adding, the Palestinian issue and ways to deal with terrorism, radicalisation and extremism are likely to figure prominently in the deliberations.        

“India welcomes His Majesty @KingAbdullahII Ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of #Jordan on his State Visit. Deviating from protocol, PM @narendramodi welcomes His Majesty at the Airport. India attaches great importance to its ties with Jordan,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

The King, will deliver a special address on Islamic heritage and promote moderation on Thursday morning which is expected to be attended by Modi. 

Diplomats, representatives from Islamic institutions of all denominations, academicians, think-tanks and representatives from across the country are expected to attend the event.       

Both sides will also look to finalise a framework for defence cooperation, they said.   The sources said both sides are expected to ink a number of agreements to expand cooperation in several key sectors including healthcare, IT, customs and will look to firm up a framework pact for defence and security cooperation.   

In their talks, Modi and the King are also likely to explore ways of deepening trade ties. Twenty textile industries from India have invested around USD 300 million in Jordan.          

Jordan’s royal helicopters had flown Modi and his delegation from Amman to Ramallah and back during the visit.  The Jordanian King is accompanied by a high-level business delegation. 

Earlier this month, King Abdullah hosted prime minister Modi at his residence in Amman.