During the meeting the two sides examined ways to broaden the economic relationship between the two states.

 FM Shalom meets with King Abdullah's adviser Hani al-Mulki

 

FM Shalom greets Jordanian royal adviser Hani al-Mulki (Flash 90)

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

In the framework of the good relations prevailing between the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Dr. Hani al-Mulki, Special Adviser to the King of Jordan visited Israel today (15 June) and met with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Silvan Shalom.

During the meeting the two sides examined ways to broaden the economic relationship between the two states. Among the subjects that were discussed were the upgrading of the current Qualified Industrial Zone (QIZ) agreement, promoting QIZ with Europe, attracting foreign investments to the QIZ areas, moving forward on the Bridging the Rift (BTR) scientific project, relaunching the Aqaba-Eilat committee, renewal of Trilateral Investment Fund (TRIDE) activity and other bilateral projects.

Bridging the Rift is a trilateral project involving Israel, Jordan, and the United States. Launched in 2004, the initiative involves building a joint academic center on the Israeli-Jordanian border in the Arava, and is sponsored by two prestigious American universities, Stanford and Cornell, with the participation of leading research centers in Israel and Jordan, specializing in life sciences.

Israel and Jordan attach great importance to improving the bilateral relations between the two countries, especially in the areas of economy and trade, so that peoples on both sides of the Jordan River can feel the tangible benefits of peace. Both sides are committed to further developing the ongoing good relations between the two neighboring states.