The Jordanian Minister of Culture and Information, Mr. Adnan abu Odeh, and the Soviet Ambassador?
The Jordanian Minister of Culture and Information, Mr. Adnan abu Odeh, and the Soviet Ambassador to Jordan, Mr. Alexei Voronin, signed a cultural co-operation agreement in Amman on Wednesday (25 April). It makes specific arrangements for the coming year according to a general agreement made in 1967.
Included in the agreement are the granting of scholarships to Jordanian students, teacher exchanges, folklore exhibitions and sporting fixtures.
After the signing, Mr. Odeh said he hoped relations between the two countries would be strengthened, not only in the cultural field, but in all areas. Mr. Voronin replied that the existing co-operation would consolidate their mutual understanding.
SYNOPSIS: The Jordanian Information Minister, Mr. Andan Abu Odeh, and the Soviet Ambassador to Jordan, Mr. Alexei Voronin, signed a cultural co-operation agreement in Amman on Wednesday. The Soviet Cultural Centre in Amman has stepped up its activities recently with monthly programmes of lectures films and exhibitions.
Among the provisions of the agreement was the granting of 40 scholarships to Jordanian students to study engineering. Also, Jordanian doctors will travel to the Soviet Union to learn about the public health system there, and there will be an exchange of teachers to study educational methods and materials. The Jordanian Handball team will tour the Soviet Union.
Russian and Jordanian officials were present at the signing.
In a speech after the signing Mr. Odeh expressed Jordan's desire to consolidate cultural co-operation with the Soviet Union. He said he also hoped relations between the two countries in other fields would be strengthened. In reply, Mr. Voronin, who has only recently become Ambassador, said he was sure that co-operation in the cultural sphere would have a great effect on consolidating Jordanian-Soviet understanding.