Jordanian King meets with Presidents of African nations participating in Aqaba Meetings

AQABA, — King Abdullah II of Jordan on Saturday met with presidents of a number of African countries and representatives of nations participating in the two-day Aqaba Meetings to discuss global efforts to fight terrorism and extremist ideologies, especially in West Africa.

According to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, the Aqaba Meetings were launched by King Abdullah to maintain international and regional coordination against terrorism within a holistic approach, and to discuss security challenges in regions around the world that are dealing with terrorism hotspots, with the aim of identifying shortcomings and coordinating efforts to fight terrorism.

The meetings are part of King Abdullah’s initiative to reach out to countries around the world and coordinate with them on this issue to counter the global threats of terrorism and extremism. The meetings aim to exchange expertise and information as well as to bolster security and military cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

On the sidelines of the meetings, the Jordanian King met with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, President Alpha Conde of Guinea, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, and President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, Petra added.

King Abdullah also held meetings with US Secretary of Defence, Jim Mattis, Brazilian Minister of Defence, Raul Jungmann, French Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, UK Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, and High Representative of the African Union, Pierre Buyoya.

Senior political and security officials from European, Latin American, and African countries, and representatives from the UN, the European Union, NATO, and the African Union attended the meetings.

Source: Emirates News Agency