Jordan's King Abdullah II to visit Turkey on Saturday

Jordan’s King Abdullah II will arrive in Turkey for a two-day visit this weekend to discuss political, economic, military and cultural relations, Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

King Abdullah will arrive in Turkey on Saturday on invitation from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The two are expected to discuss Palestine and the status of Jerusalem, Syria, Iraq and other regional developments, Anadolu reported.

King Abdullah hosted senior Turkish officials in Jordan’s capital of Amman last February in a bid to bolster bilateral relations. Jordan’s position on Israel and Palestine is largely in line with Turkey’s and the two sides shared a common front in opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

However, economic cooperation has faced setbacks since last year’s meeting.

Amman suspended a free-trade agreement with Turkey in March 2018, and said it would be willing to reactivate it on the condition that Turkey consented to measures designed to protect local industries and provided technical assistance for Jordanian businesses.

However, despite Turkish efforts to revive the agreement, it was cancelled last November. Import tariffs of between 20 and 30 percent on Turkish goods are currently in place in Jordan.