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King Arrives for Davos
Amman, 22 January 2004

His Majesty King Abdullah II on Thursday arrived to Switzerland for participation in the 34th meeting of world economic forum (WEF) in Davos.

His Majesty is keen, for the fourth time since assumption of his constitutional powers, to participate in this forum as it affords a proper place for the Jordanian private sector to meet with world's senior economic leaders and to work out partnerships and investment useful for both sides.

On Friday, His Majesty is expected to address the forum , where he is going to reaffirm Jordan's view regarding the region's future, stability and development and means to deal with the challenges the world is facing.

Earlier today His Majesty met with Swiss President Joseph Dais , where discussions focused on bilateral relations and the situation in the region. King Abdullah II stressed Jordan's fixed stand of rejection to the construction of the segregation Wall.

He described it as ''destruction to the peace process that kills every existing opportunity to establish an independent Palestinian state.'' Concerning bilateral relations , His Majesty affirmed Jordan's keenness on further cementing bilateral relations particularly in the economic fields. He expressed satisfaction on implementing the agreements on health, environment and water which the two countries signed during the state visit His Majesty and Her Majesty Queen Rania carried out to Switzerland in 2002.

His Majesty expressed regards to President Dais on his country's support for the economic feasibility study to be performed for the Dead Sea-Red Sea Canal.

His Majesty met also with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Thani , and Qatari Deputy Prime Minster and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamad Bin Jasem Al Thani, where discussions focused on bilateral relations and means to support Arab Business Council.

King Abdullah met also with JICA General Director Sadako Ogata , where he expressed regards on JICA's support to Jordanian projects in the fields of water , education and information technology.

He expressed Jordan's readiness to offer all forms of support and facilities to JICA bureau , opened two months ago in Iraq.

His Majesty expressed thanks to the Japanese government for the support presented to Jordan, particularly in the difficult situations during war against Iraq. He showed the will to continue the course of cementing bilateral relations which the two countries have marked their fiftieth anniversary last year.

His Majesty met with the executive director of Sisco Systems John Chambers, and Director of Micro Soft Bill Gates, whose firms adopt the Jordanian education initiative , to review the initiative's latest developments and opportunities of investment in the field of telecommunications and information technology in Jordan.

On Friday, His Majesty will sponsor another review on the latest developments regarding the education initiative in Jordan.

His Majesty met also with Deputy Director of Boeing Tomas Pekering to discuss prospects of investment in the field of aviation in Jordan, including potentials of establishing a Boeing regional training institute in Amman.

His Majesty met with the group of new Asian economic leaders , where he was briefed on the preparations for the joint conference to be held with Arab businessmen in Malaysia next month under His Majesty's sponsorship. The group showed readiness to develop relations with Jordan , particularly in the field of information technology, and showed readiness to finance 30 scholarships for Jordanian students in fields to be agreed upon later with the Jordanian government.