AMMAN (Petra) - Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit on Monday discussed means to bolster bilateral relations as well as the latest regional developments with President of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernandez Reyna.
During the meeting with Reyna, who began an official visit to Jordan on Saturday, Bakhit underscored the importance of the visit to Jordan as a means to boost bilateral ties.
The premier underlined the need to increase cooperation in the fields of trade, tourism and investment between the two countries, emphasising the importance of Jordan’s location as a gate to other regional markets.
During the meeting, attended by Reyna’s wife and the accompanying delegation, as well as several ministers, Bakhit invited the Dominican Republic to participate in the International Tourism Conference that Jordan is hosting in September.
Currently, the tourism sector's contribution to the Kingdom's gross domestic product stands at around 21 per cent.
Describing his visit to Jordan as historic, Reyna highlighted the common factors shared by the two countries, especially with regard to the democratic drive and economic openness.
The two sides also reviewed the latest developments regarding the Palestinian issue, stressing the need to arrive at a just and viable solution to the Palestinian-Israeli convict.
Also yesterday, the premier and Reyna attended the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries’ ministries of foreign affairs to develop political coordination between both sides.
In a bid to boost trade, the Amman Chamber of Commerce (ACC) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dominican Republic’s Centre for Export and Investment to enhance commercial cooperation.
ACC President Riyadh Saifi invited Dominican businessmen to visit the Kingdom and become acquainted with investment opportunities and learn about Jordanian products so as to increase the joint volume of commercial exchange.
Also on Monday, Reyna and his wife visited the Baptism Site and toured several historical and archaeological attractions in the area.
The Dominican president left the Kingdom later on Monday, concluding his three-day visit.