The President and First Lady of Italy are on a two state visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan this week. The point of their visit is to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.
President Giorgio Napolitano and his wife, Clio Maria Bittoni, were greeted by Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania in Amman Monday morning. A welcoming ceremony took place outside the palace where the honor guard marched by the two couples.
Inside the palace, the King and the President had talks about ways to make Italy and Jordan closer in diplomatic relations. They also discussed the conflict in Syria and the Mideast peace process, in which Napolitano expressed his support of the King.
“Italy and the EU trust that Jordan can play an important role in the region”, said the Italian President following the 20 minute talk.
Later on, Queen Rania took Clio Maria Bittoni on tour of the Jordan River Foundation Showroom, which displays products made by local communities throughout the Kingdom.
The Jordan River Foundation is an NGO non-profit chaired by the Queen and was founded in 1995. Its mission is to empower women and communities through sustainable social, economic and cultural programs.
In the evening, Their Majesties held a state banquet at Basman Palace in honor of their Italian guests.
Source: Petra, Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, Jordan River Foundation