Ambassador Junever M. Mahilum-West, Philippine Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and Minister Adel Tweissi, Minister of Culture of Jordan, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on 27 June 2016 at the Ministry of Culture in Amman.
Ambassador Mahilum-West stated that the signing of the MOU on Cultural Cooperation was one of the highlights of the Embassy’s year-long commemoration of the 40th year anniversary of Philippines-Jordan bilateral relations this year. She also enumerated the Embassy’s various cultural activities in the run-up to the signing which promoted Philippine culture and traditions in the Kingdom, such as the Filipino Film Days, the Sindaw and Ballet Philippines performances and the Pinoy Fiesta and Santacruzan which marked Independence Day this year. She emphasized the Embassy’s readiness to collaborate with the Ministry of Culture in ensuring that the MOU is implemented and Philippine and Jordan cultures are promoted in both countries.
Minister Tweissi remarked on the “strong relations not only in the cultural but also in the political field between Philippines and Jordan”. “The signing of the MOU on Cultural Cooperation is one of the initial steps to build on the strong foundations laid down by His Majesty King Hussein in our bilateral relationship”, Minister Tweissi added. He considers the Philippines as one of Jordan’s closest friends in Southeast Asia, expressing optimism that the MOU would be fully implemented and that Jordan and Philippines would continue to strengthen people-to-people relations.
Together with Ambassador Mahilum-West during the signing were Cultural Officer Ms. Princess Sharon Rose Satin, Second Secretary Remus Rabara, and Administrative Officer Marcelino Solano Jr.