(Petra) -- His Majesty King Abdullah on
Tuesday urged cooperation with the local
community in Wadi Araba on investments in
the area to ensure direct benefits.
Speaking at a meeting with
the Wadi Araba Development Company team
and local community members as part of his
southern region tour, King Abdullah called
for a master plan for the south, drafted
in partnership with all.
His Majesty also called for
building the capacities of Wadi Araba youth
and training them on utilising modern technology
so that they would be ready to benefit from
investments in the area.
The King said he would be
closely following up on the implementation
of plans on the ground.
Speaking at the meeting, Water
Minister Raed Abu Soud highlighted projects
by the government-owned Wadi Araba Development
Company, including building Rahmah and Feidan
dams, extending 350 agricultural units over
an area of 7,200 dunums to benefit 640 families,
and distributing 6,340 plots of land to
local community members.
Also during the meeting, other
speakers from the local community thanked
His Majesty for his outreach efforts to
hear public concerns and highlighted challenges
facing Wadi Araba, while suggesting solutions.
They also commended the King’s
position on the Palestinian cause and his
support for the Palestinian people in seeking
their just and legitimate rights.
Royal Hashemite Court Chief
Yousef Issawi, Adviser to His Majesty for
Communication and Coordination Bisher Khasawneh,
Adviser to His Majesty for Policies and
Media Kemal Al Nasser, Aqaba Governor Hijazi
Assaf, and Jordan Investment Commission
Chairman Khaled Wazani attended the meeting.
Also on Tuesday in Wadi Araba,
His Majesty visited Rahmah Agricultural
Cooperative’s farm, a project supported
by the Wadi Araba Development Company that
extends over 60 dunums of farmland cultivated
with grapevines and palm trees.
The King was briefed on the
farm, which will be expanded to cover 100
dunums and currently benefits 290 local
community members, and commended the efforts
underway to administer and sustain it.
His Majesty stressed
the need to continue these efforts and expand
agricultural projects in the area, through
partnership between the local community
and the Wadi Araba Development Company.