(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour on Monday received Palestinian Tourism Minister Rola Maayah and Chief Justice Mahmoud Habash to discuss ways to encourage religious tourism and increase the number of visitors to holy sites in the Palestinian lands, mainly to Jerusalem.
The two Palestinian officials stressed the need for joint tourism and religious programs to encourage Arab and foreign tourists to visit the Islamic and religious holy sites in Palestine through Jordan.
They also pointed to the selection of Jerusalem as the capital of Islamic tourism for 2015 and said this would encourage countries that do not allow their citizens to visit Al Aqsa, as it is under occupation, to do so.
During the meeting, which was attended by Chief Justice Ahmad Hilayel and the Minister of Labour and Tourism and Antiquities Nidal Qatamin, the two sides stressed the importance of activating the role of the Jordanian and Palestinian private sectors to service the tourism sector in both countries.
Ensour affirmed Jordan's keenness to expand joint cooperation with Palestine, mainly in the tourism field, particularly since both countries have many tourism and religious sites.
He also pointed to the attention and care given by His Majesty King Abdullah II to Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian holy sites, mainly the Al Aqsa Mosque.