The Jordanian King's India visit comes nearly three weeks after Prime Minister Modi took a trip to Jordan as part of his West Asia tour, including Palestine. The visit effectively de-linked Israel from Palestine.
Later, the two leaders held extensive discussions over various aspects of India-Jordan relations.
"I am on my second official visit to India and I am truly honoured to be here", King Abdullah said here. Jordan, he said, offers promising opportunities for the businesses of both sides, especially in new areas of common interest such as education and research, maritime, air and rail transport, renewable energy, smart grid development, IT, higher education and vocational training. We are in process of exploring our cooperation.
"In India, democracy is not only a political system but a fundamental basis for equality, diversity, and harmony".
The areas also include health research, national health statistics, health finance and economy, chronic disease control, tobacco control, diagnosis, treatment and medication in tuberculosis and regulation of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
"Jordan is working globally for a dialogue toward peace".
He also thanked for Jordan's support in election of Indian candidates for various UN Bodies (International Law Commission, POC of UPU, Council of ICAO and International Court of Justice).
V. S. Sahney, Co-Chair, India-Jordan Joint Business Council & Senior FICCI Executive Committee Member and Chairman, Sun Group, stated that there is a need to diversify joint trade in a bid to raise the trade target from the current US$ 1.3 billion to US$ 5 billion by 2025.
Delivering a talk on Islamic heritage at a function organised at Vigyan Bhavan today, King Abdullah II, who is known for his global initiative to fight radicalisation and terrorism, called for an end to hate, which, he said, is a crime against humanity and has no religious basis.
"Too much of what is heard in news & what is seen about religion, this is what separates people".
Agreeing with Mr. Modi, King Abdullah said it was time to "take back the airwaves and Internet from the voices of hatred".
"The action against terrorism and radicalisation is not against religion".