Jordan's King Abdullah off to Singapore, East Timor

Published June 20th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday, June 19, flew to Singapore for an official visit, which will focus mainly on ways of bolstering economic ties with the Asian country, officials said. 


Abdullah is being accompanied on the several-day visit by some of his top economic advisors including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Mohamed Halayka, they said. 


Akil Biltaji, a former tourism minister appointed Sunday as the new president of Jordan's flagship economic project Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZ), is also part of the delegation, they said. 


Through the ASEZ, Jordan plans to transform Aqaba, its only port and outlet to the sea, into a major regional trade and tourism center that will attract six billion dollars in local and foreign investment by the year 2020. 


The ASEZ commissioner for investments, Imad Fakhouri, is also accompanying Abdullah to Singapore in what is seen as a clear sign of Jordan's intention to woo Singapore investors to Aqaba. 


Abdullah will also pay a several-hour visit to East Timor, where around 900 Jordanian peacekeepers are deployed. ― (AFP, Amman) 


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