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The New Turkish-Jordanian Route

Istanbul - In 2013 the problems along the Syrian border brought to the creation of a direct link from Haifa Port to the Jordan border, via the Sheikh Hussein Bridge, for the goods coming from Turkish ports.

TURKEY and Jordan have a long history of good relations. The diplomatic relations between the Republic of Turkey and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan were established through the signing of “Treaty of Friendship” on 11 January 1947. Turkish Embassy in Amman has been functioning since 28 April 1947.

However, the relations began to improve significantly during the last decade based on a vision of strategic partnership, epitomizing with the cancellation of visas and a free trade agreement in 2011. Along with Turkish investment in Jordan, trade volume also increased significantly between the two countries and has a potential to increase in the future. Cultural cooperation constitutes an important aspect of Turkish-Jordanian bilateral relations.

Turkish Culture Center, which was inaugurated in 2011, is offering Turkish language courses, attended by more than 100 Jordanians and organizing various cultural activities. Turkish language department at the University of Jordan was established in 2010. The department saw its first graduates in 2014. Approximately 3.500 Turkish citizens are living in Jordan.

Jordan has worked over the past decade to penetrate global markets, in the face of growing international competition. Globalization has provided developing countries such as Jordan with opportunities to access the markets of industrialized countries. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Jordan, Jordan has agreements with 59 non-Arab countries, including free-trade and investment-promotion and protection agreements with the United States; an economic and trade-cooperation agreement with Israel ; a free-trade agreement with Canada; and an association agreement with the EU.

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