International Affairs



It gives me great pleasure to accept your Credentials as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. I warmly welcome you to India and extend my sincere congratulations on your appointment to this position of eminence and high responsibility.

India and Jordan have had a centuries old interaction. These contacts have helped to create strong and enduring affinities in the modern times. In the contemporary era, we consider Jordan as a key country in maintaining peace and stability in the region.

We in India hold Late King, His Majesty King Hussein II in highest esteem. We are all aware of Late King’s contribution to the Middle East Peace Process. The economic development in modern Jordan owes a great deal to Late King’s vision and statesmanship.

Excellency, India greatly values its ties and friendship with the Arab world. India’s commitment to the cause of the Palestinian people needs no reiteration. India fully supports the efforts of President Arafat to achieve the inalienable and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to their homeland and to establish their independent state through the path of dialogue and peace based on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338. India has always believed that all the States in the region have a right to exist within secure and internationally recognised boundaries and that resolution of the Palestinian issue can only be brought through a "two-state" solution and this very principle had determined our decision to recognise the State of Palestine in November 1988.

We are deeply concerned at the recent escalation of violence in the region. The terrorist attacks have led to large number of casualties and injuries to very many innocent people. We condemn such acts. We also strongly condemn Israeli air attacks against the offices of President Arafat and other Palestinian institutions. There can be no justification for such acts. The need of the hour is restraint to break this cycle of violence and hatred. We sincerely hope that nothing will be done to undermine President Arafat and Palestinian National Authority as the alternatives are fraught with dangers having serious implications for regional peace and security.

In our view, the Mitchell Report and the Tenet Plan are means to enable the transition from the current situation of intifada-related strife to the negotiating table, where the modalities of ending the occupation and final status issues must be resolved. And it is necessary that the implementation of Mitchell Report is not impeded by unrealistic conditions.

Excellency, the global changes witnessed after September 11 have been profound. These events were the dramatic demonstration of the destructive power of terrorist acts. Terrorist acts create a permanent disorder in a civil society. The essential elements of civil society, namely, peace, democracy, individual liberty, free thought, are the principal casualties of the acts of terrorism. India has consistently sought to play a catalytic role in encouraging the UN to prioritise the need for international cooperation to combat terrorism. We see the recent Security Council Resolution 1373 as a signal of the determination by the international community to combat terrorism, whenever and wherever it occurs and we are committed to implement it whole-heartedly.

Excellency, in recent years, our bilateral relations have taken a new dynamism. New opportunities have been created on both sides. A great scope exists for meaningful cooperation. As two old friends, let us join hands to fully exploit the economic potential that exists.

May I take this opportunity to convey my best regards and best wishes to His Majesty King Abdullah II for his good health and prosperity and well-being of the friendly people of Jordan. Please convey to His Majesty that we are keenly looking forward to his visit to India at an early date. I am confident that this visit will open up new vistas in bilateral ties and will take the curve of our bilateral relations further and higher.

Excellency, I wish you an enjoyable and productive stay in India and assure you the fullest cooperation of my Government in your endeavour to further promote Indo-Jordanian relations

Thank you

Jai Hind