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France and Jordan

Political 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 of Jordan has made two working visits to France since the election of President Macron in May 2017: the first on 17 June 2017 and the second on 19 December that year. These visits were an opportunity for in-depth dialogue on regional crises. France and Jordan highlighted their joint support for international mobilization against terrorism; the need to restore Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts and their commitment to the two-State solution; their unanimous condemnation of the violence in Syria; and the urgent need to set up a transition leading to a comprehensive political solution.

These visits demonstrated the quality of bilateral French-Jordanian relations and both countries’ commitment to deepening our bilateral cooperation.

Visits

Visits to Jordan

2017

  • 18-19 March: Mr Jean-Marie Le Guen, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie
  • 29-30 March: Ms Laurence Rossignol, Minister for Families, Children and Women’s Rights
  • 2 December: Participation of Mr Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne in the Aqaba counter-terrorism forum

2016

  • 1 January: Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence
  • 19 April: Mr François Hollande, President of the Republic
  • 30 December: Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence
Visits to France

2017

  • 23 January: Mr Yarub Qudah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply
  • 17 June: King Abdullah II of Jordan
  • 6 September: Mr Ayman Safadi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs
  • 19 December: King Abdullah II of Jordan

2016

  • 3-7 April: Mr Bassam Talhouni, Minister of Justice
  • 3 June: Participation of Mr Nassar Judeh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs, in the Paris ministerial meeting devoted to the Middle East peace process

Economic relations

With €1.7 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) stock, France ranks sixth in terms of foreign investors, behind the Gulf States and on par with the United States. France is present above all in the telecommunications sector (Orange), which represents 66% of French FDI stock.

Our 2016 exports increased by 9.1% compared with 2015. Our trade surplus is €308 million and total trade volume is €370 million. With its market share of 2%, France comes in fourth place among European countries (behind Germany, Italy and Switzerland).

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, promoting archaeological resources and culture are also among our priorities.

The Amman branch of the IFPO (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 €1.2 billion (February 2018), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD, French Development Agency) 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.

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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Updated: 30 July 2018