Jordan's PM departs for France for Mediterranean Union summit 2008-07-12 21:49:29   Print

    AMMAN, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Jordan's Prime Minister Nader Dahabileft Amman on Saturday for the French capital of Paris to attend the official launch of the Union for the Mediterranean.

    On behalf of Jordanian King Abdullah II, who is currently in the United States for a visit, Dahabi leads a delegation consisting of the foreign minister as well as Jordan's ambassadors to Belgium and France.

    The Union for the Mediterranean, an initiative spearheaded by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, is set to be launched officially at the Paris summit on Sunday.

    The prime minister will deliver a speech in the meeting, highlighting the importance of boosting relations between the European Union (EU) and countries of the Middle East and North Africa, said an official statement.

    He will also urge for joint action to achieve peace and prosperity for these countries, according to the statement.

    The summit will be attended by more than 40 heads of state and government from the EU and Mediterranean as well as representatives of a number of regional and international organizations.

    It will discuss a host of issues such as economic development, food security, energy, environment protection, education, culture and political dialogue.

    Arab foreign ministers are expected to hold a coordination meeting on Saturday before the summit.

Editor: An Lu
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