Defence Minister visits Jordan to discuss regional security

Defence Minister visits Jordan to discuss regional security
Minister for Defence Marise Payne lays a wreath on behalf of Australia in Jordan

Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne travelled to Jordan for discussions on regional security and to commemorate Anzac Day.

The minister met with the King Abdullah II of Jordan to discuss Australia and Jordan’s defence co-operation. During the meeting, Minister Payne reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to the security and stability of the Middle East region, following the signing of a joint declaration on enhanced co-operation during King Abdullah’s visit to Australia in November 2016.

At the time of signing the joint declaration, the monarch said he is confident in the two nation's abilities to handle threats to the region, defensively and otherwise.

"The lack of progress on the peace process after decades of conflict and continued provocations in Jerusalem and its holy sites remains a driver for extremist forces in our region and actually quite beyond," said King Abdullah.

"I am quite sure that as we move into 2017, Australia and Jordan will work hand in hand in being able to deal with these challenges, not only in our region but globally."

Minister Payne gave the address at the dawn service at the Amman Citadel and laid a wreath on behalf of Australia to mark the 102nd anniversary of Anzac Day.

"Though it was on the shores of Gallipoli that the Anzac legend was forged, the Anzacs also demonstrated their valour and bravery in Amman, playing an important role in what is now known as ‘the Great Arab Revolt’," Minister Payne said.

"On Anzac Day we pause to remember those who did not return and to thank all those ADF members who are currently serving on operations around the world."

 

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