Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, hosted a meeting with her Jordanian counterpart, Ms Zeina Toukan, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Mme Zacharopoulou and Ms Toukan expressed their intention to step up cooperation between France and Jordan in many fields, including access to water and sanitation, the fight against climate change, and support for social cohesion and gender equality. The Minister of State and her counterpart signed a declaration of intent about Franco-Jordanian cooperation on development, through which France, via the French Development Agency (AFD), renews its support to Jordan for the financing of public policies, infrastructure and priority projects for the country over the period 2023-2026.
France and Jordan maintain a long-standing partnership based on a relationship of trust and friendship, as President Macron emphasized to King Abdullah II during his visit to Jordan on 20 and 21 December 2022. France and Jordan maintain close coordination on regional crises and work together towards their resolution, including in the framework of the Baghdad Conference, the second of which Jordan hosted on 20 December 2022. Minister Catherine Colonna also had the opportunity to discuss this with her Jordanian counterpart, Dr Ayman Al-Safadi, at the Munich Security Conference last month.
Chrysoula Zacharopoulou repeated that France stands by Jordan, whose stability is essential in a troubled regional and international environment. Mme Zacharopoulou also paid tribute to the generosity Jordan is showing by hosting Palestinian and Syrian refugees on its territory, and reiterated France's support for the Hashemite Kingdom in this regard.