Coming straight to the nub of the matter, let me begin by first and foremost pointing out that India and Jordan which have traditionally enjoyed good bilateral relations have decided to strengthen it further now by signing a landmark framework on March 1, 2018 in defence cooperation thus paving the way for a joint strategy to counter common threats. The officials who oversaw this landmark framework being signed between both the nations – India and Jordan said that the defence agreement which is the first such understanding between the two sides, is the biggest takeaway of the visit by the Jordanian king Abdullah II to India. There can be no denying it.
Truth be told, on March 1, King Abdullah II visited the Manesar based headquarters of the National Security Guards (NSG), where he witnessed a demonstration of the group’s skills in the field of counter-terrorism. King Abdullah II was highly impressed with the counter-terrorism capabilities of the NSG. A presentation on Advanced Light Helicopter was also done before the visiting dignitary. The Jordanian king is known to be an accomplished para trooper and a helicopter pilot himself.
On a concluding note, it has to be admitted that both sides have now come close in forging ahead a new partnership in security and defence cooperation. But still a lot of ground has to be covered even now. The groundwork has been done which is most important. Now it has to be cemented and raised further to new heights of mutual cooperation and sharing. Both sides have a lot in common and both can gain immensely by this mutual defence cooperation! This landmark visit by the Jordanian king to India has certainly rekindled a lot of high hopes and expectations in both the countries which is a good news for both the countries!
Sanjeev Sirohi, Advocate,
s/o Col BPS Sirohi,
A 82, Defence Enclave,
Sardhana Road, Kankerkhera,
Meerut – 250001, Uttar Pradesh.