Medvedev to hold talks with King of Jordan Wed

Photo File : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) chats with Jordan's King Abdullah II on August 24, 2008 in Sochi, during a meeting to discuss bilateral relations and Middle East developments, including efforts to achieve peace and security in the region. (Photo by VLADIMIR RODIONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

AMMAN, January 19 (KATAKAMI.COM / Itar-Tass) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in Jordan on the second part of his Middle East tour.

On Tuesday, Medvedev visited Palestinian lands and had negotiations with Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Jericho on the West Bank. Later in the day the leaders opened a Russian museum in Jericho and toured a park near the biblical Fig Tree.

Dmitry Medvedev made the following entry in his Twitter blog, expressing his impressions of the tour of the Palestinian lands: “People in Palestine like Russia. It was gratifying to see the sincere emotions being expressed by folk in the streets of ancient Jericho.”

On Wednesday the President of Russia is to hold talks with his old acquaintance King Abdullah II of Jordan and visit the site of the Baptism of Christ.

An official ceremony to welcome Medvedev is to be held in the main square of the Jordanian capital. According to the Protocol, the national anthems of the two countires are to be played; the two leaders are to hear a report by the commander of the guard of honour. Following that, talks in narrow and broader formats are to be held.

“Our relations are notable for activeness and a high level of trust,” a Russian presidential administration official has told Itar-Tass. “There have been nine visits by Abdullah II to Russia since 2001. In February 2007, the then Russian President Vladimir Putin paid an official visit to Jordan”. “As regards the developments in the Caucasus, Jordan officially took up a neutral attitude which was regarded by the West as a pro-Russian one,” the official said.” “In August 2008, the King sent planeload of humanitarian aid supplies to Vladikavkaz for the South Ossetian population,” presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko recalled.

Dmitry Medvedev and King Abdullah II are also to discuss the construction of a nuclear power station in Jordan by Russian specialists, Prikhodko said.

“We evinced such an interest and said we are ready to cooperate,” Prikhodko remarked. “However, this is not a matter of tomorrow or one or two years,” he added.

“Apart from Russia, applications were also filed by the Korean, French, and Canadian sides,” the presidential aide recalled. Jordan “must make a desicion about a site, and we must decide on a credit,” he said.

“In the estimates of the Jordanian side, the first nuclear power unit is to come into operation in 2018,” Prikhodko said.

Medvedevl’s aide recallled that in 2009 Russia and Jordan had signed an agreement on cooperation in the peaceful uses of atomic energy. “It is now a matter of technology and finance. Russia will state its position at the (upcoming) talks. However, the situation depends chiefly on the Jordanian side,” Prikhodko said.

After the talks the Russian President will visit the historico-religious estate “The Site of the Baptism of Christ”. Over there Medvedev will tour a hospice which is being built on the river Jordan by the Russian side. More than 200,000 pilgrims and tourists visited the site last year. The RF Directorate for the Management of Presidential Property set a task of completing the construction and equipment of the compound in March 2011.

“The implementation of this unique project is of great importance: for the first time in history the Russian state has received a plot of land in this area and is erecting its own compound of buildings which will play host to pilgrims from Russia,” Prikhodko pointed out.

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