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India, Jordan ink pacts on mass media, health and defence


New Delhi, Seeking to take the bilateral ties to newer heights, India and Jordan on Thursday inked a number of MoUs/Agreements including in key sectors like defence cooperation, mass media, health and fertiliser sectors. There was also an agreement for permitting the diplomats and official passport holders of India and Jordan to enter into, exit and transit through the territory of each other without requirement of visa. The agreements were signed after delegation level talks led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the visiting King of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein.The MoU on Defence Cooperation seeks to promote cooperation between two sides by defining the scope of such cooperation and making provisions for implementation of the cooperation in some of the recognised areas like training; defence industry; counter-terrorism; military studies; cyber security; military medical services and peace-keeping, a MEA source said here. The Cultural Exchange Programme for the period 2018-22 provides for exchanges in the areas of music and dance; theatre; exhibition, seminars and conference.The Manpower Cooperation Agreement provides for cooperation with a view to promote best practices in the administration of the cycle of contract employment of the Indian nationals in Jordan. The objective of the MoU on health sector is to establish and encourage cooperation in the fields of health, medical science, medical education and research on the basis of equality and mutual benefits. The MoU for setting up of the next generation Centre of Excellence (COE) in Jordan talks about a centre in Jordan for training of minimum 3000 Jordanian IT professionals over a period of 5 years, and setting up of resource centre in India for Training of Master trainers in IT field from Jordan. The purpose of another MoU is on mining of rock phosphate and setting up of production facility in Jordan for Phosphoric acid/DAP/NPK fertilizers, with a long term agreement. "Such an MoU ensures long term and sustained supply of rock phosphates to India," the MEA said. Among others, there is a pact for cooperation between Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and Jordan Media Institute (JMI). "The purpose of this MoU is development of joint projects between the two institutes; joint organization of academic and scientific activities, and exchange of staff, students and materials of common interest," the statement said. There was also MoU between Prasar Bharati and Jordan TV for cooperation in the fields of exchange and co-production of programs, training of personnel and further coordination.

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