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France and Jordan

Bilateral relations

France and Jordan are united through ties of friendship and trust. We share very similar views on many regional and international issues. We hold close and detailed dialogue, as seen through our regular high-level bilateral meetings:

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania showed their solidarity with France by taking part, alongside the President of the French Republic, in the demonstration on 11 January in memory of the victims of the attacks on 7, 8 and 9 January 2015.

Before on 17-18 September 2014, King Abdullah II of Jordan made a working visit to France during which he was received by the President of the French Republic, the Prime Minister and the Presidents of the National Assembly and Senate. This trip provided an opportunity for in-depth dialogue on regional crises and was discussed in a joint statement. France and Jordan highlighted their joint support for international counter-terrorism efforts and for the new Iraqi government, and discussed the need to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. They unanimously condemned the violence in Syria and emphasized the urgent need to organize a transition leading to a comprehensive political solution.

This visit demonstrated the quality of French-Jordanian bilateral relations and both countries’ commitment to deepening them. Several agreements were signed in the presence of the King and the French President, showing our enhanced cooperation in key sectors such as sustainable economic development, local development (particularly in Aqaba), sustainable management of water resources, renewable energy and the media. King AbdullahII was also received at MEDEF (French business confederation), where he held direct discussions with French businesses on the economic environment and business opportunities in Jordan.

On 21 June 2015, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr Laurent Fabius, travelled to Jordan as part of a regional tour to discuss the possibilities of relaunching the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. On that occasion, he met with King Abdullah II and Deputy Prime Minister Nasser Judeh.

Along with his Jordanian counterpart, he also co-chaired the Paris Conference on the Victims of Ethnic and Religious Violence in the Middle East, which was held on 8September2015.

The French Defence Minister visited Jordan on 18April2015 and 1January2016. discussing our joint counter-terrorism efforts with King Abdullah II. He also visited the French military detachment deployed in Jordan to fight Daesh.

The Prime Minister visited Jordan on 11October2015. This visit was an opportunity to confirm France’s support for Jordan through the signing of budget support and development agreements totalling US$265 million.

Lastly, the President of the French Republic made a state visit on 19 April 2016 during which six agreements were signed, including a memorandum of understanding between the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation concerning the granting of €900 million in additional loans over the next three years. During his meetings with King Abdullah II and the Jordanian Prime Minister, the President of the French Republic reaffirmed the strategic partnership between our two countries in the fight against Daesh and France’s support for Jordan in dealing with the refugee crisis.

Visits

Visits to Jordan

2016

- 1 January: MrJean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence
- 19 April: MrFrançois Hollande, President of the French Republic2015

- 18 April: MrJean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence
- 21 June 2015: Mr Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
- 27-1 October: MrJean-Louis Debré, President of the French Constitutional Council
- 11-12October2015: MrManuel Valls, Prime Minister2014

- 8-13 June: MrRobert Badinter, former Minister of Justice and former President of the French Constitutional Council, and MsElisabeth Badinter, philosopher
- 19 July: Mr Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Visits to France

2016

- 3-7 April: MrBassam Talhouni, Minister of Justice
- 3 June: participation of MrNassar Judeh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs, in the Paris ministerial meeting devoted to the Middle East peace process2015

- 8 January: MrNasser Judeh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs
- 11 January: HRHAbdullah II, King of Jordan, and HMQueen Rania
- 2 June: MrNasser Judeh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs
- 12 June: MrImad Fakhoury, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation
- 8 September: MrNasser Judeh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs2014

- 12 January: MrNasser Judeh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs, for the Friends of Syria Core Group meeting
- 6-7March: joint visit by MrHatem Halawani, Minister of Industry and Trade and MrHazim El-Nasser, Minister of Water and Irrigation
- 15 September: MrNasser Judeh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs, for the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq
- 17-18 September: HRHAbdullah II, King of Jordan, and HMQueen Rania

Economic relations

French-Jordanian economic relations have developed greatly since the privatization of the Kingdom’s economy.

Our 2015 exports increased by 7.6% compared with 2014. Our trade surplus is €289 million and total trade volume is €333 million. The five leading exported pharmaceutical products (11% of the total), aeronautics and space engines (9%), automobiles (6%, sector growing steadily for three years), measurement instruments (due to deliveries of meters under a contract financed by a loan from the Emerging Country Reserve Fund or RPE) and perfumes and cosmetics (5% each). With a 2% market share, France is ranked fourth among European countries (behind Germany, Italy and Switzerland), with the European Union as Jordan’s number one supplier, ahead of Saudi Arabia, China and the United States.

With €1.5 billion in stocks, France ranks 6th in terms of foreign investors, behind the Gulf States and on par with the United States. France is especially active in the area of telecommunications, which accounts for 66% of French investment (Orange), banking services, cement production (Lafarge), water distribution and treatment (including Suez and Vinci), fuel distribution (Total) and transport (management of Amman airport by Aéroports de Paris).

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

France is involved in various scientific and technical cooperation projects in key sectors of the Jordanian economy such as energy, water and tourism. Good governance, justice, State modernization and promoting archaeological resources and culture are also among our priorities.

The Amman branch of Institut Français du Proche-Orient (French Institute for the Near East) is conducting archaeological, historical and contemporary sociological research which is of scientific interest to France and Jordan. The Institut français in Jordan (IFJ) is France’s cultural agency in the country. It promotes and spreads the French language and culture through French language courses and an ambitious cultural programme. It is also involved with Jordanian cultural stakeholders to promote joint projects.

The French secondary school (lycée français) in Amman, which was opened in September 2013, is a catalyst for increasing our educational, cultural and linguistic cooperation with Jordan.

With a volume of ongoing financing authorizations of close to €1 billion (January 2016), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and its subsidiary PROPARCO are among the main donors of bilateral funds to Jordan. The AFD supports Jordan’s development in key sectors for the country: water, energy, transport and local development. In June 2015, the AFD signed a $166 million loan with Amman City Hall to finance the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project which will enhance the city’s urban and economic development.

The memorandum of understanding signed in April 2016 sets out the AFD’s strong commitment to the water sector for the 2016-2018 period by supporting reforms and infrastructure development.

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