Mexican President Luis Echeverria took time off from official affairs to tour one of Jordan's most spectacular tourist sites on Tuesday (12 August).....
Mexican President Luis Echeverria took time off from official affairs to tour one of Jordan's most spectacular tourist sites on Tuesday (12 August).....the ancient Hashemite city of Petra in the south-west of the country.
The President was in Jordan for a three-day official visit, part of his extensive six-week world tour covering 13 countries. In talks with Jordan's King Hussein, the two leaders discussed the strengthening of bilateral relations, Middle East affairs in general and the possibility that Mexico may participate in Jordan's next five-year economic plan.
For the visit to Petra, the President and his wife were accompanied by a Jordanian Honour Mission including Prince Ra'ad Ben Zeid, a minister of the Royal Court.
Archaeologists have estimated that the Petra site was inhabited from Palaeolithic times. The city has been sacked several times during its history, and it contains many buildings spanning several centuries of construction. Its tombs -- with their elaborate facades -- are world-famous.
As mementos of their visit to the city, the President and his wife were presented with gifts of Arabian dress and pieces of the historic ruins.