Jordanian King to Pay Official Visits to Bulgaria, Russia
Jordan's King Abdullah will spend the weekend in Bulgaria on an official visit, during which he will sign three cooperation accords and meet the country's former monarch and now prime minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg, the Bulgarian president's office announced Wednesday, cited by AFP.
The Jordanian monarch will be accompanied by Queen Rania and Foreign Minister Abdel Ilah Khatib during the visit on Saturday and Sunday, President Petar Soyanov's office said.
He will sign three accords aimed at boosting cooperation between Bulgaria and Jordan in the areas of culture and education, air travel and health.
According to the agency, the Jordanian royal family has developed a friendship with Saxe-Coburg, who met with Queen Noor, the wife of the late king Hussein, only two days after winning elections in Bulgaria.
Saxe-Coburg, who went into exile in 1946 after the communist takeover, was sworn in as prime minister of Bulgaria on July 24, becoming the first former monarch to take office in eastern Europe.
On Monday, King Abdullah will head for Moscow on a two-day visit where he will hold talks with President Vladimir Putin on bilateral relations and the Middle East crisis.
Recent overtures to Russia on the part of the kingdom have been interpreted by observers as a hint for the US to increase aid to Jordan - Albawaba.com
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