Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan Welcome the President of France to Amman. (VIDEOS)

On Sunday, June 23, 2013, Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan welcomed the President of France, Mr. François Hollande and his partner, Ms.Valérie Trierweiler, to Al-Hummar Palace in Amman, Jordan.  The purpose of President Hollande’s visit to Jordan is to “…enhance bilateral cooperation and developments in the Middle East” according to Petra News.

After the traditional welcoming ceremony and the inspection of the guard His Majesty and President Hollande held a meeting to discuss various issues including the Syrian crisis.

His Majesty also attended the 50th anniversary of the Amman Chamber of Industry celebrations this afternoon in Amman.  Petra News notes that His Majesty “…honored [the] former chairman and board of directors for their efforts and contributions to develop Jordanian industry.”

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TIMs Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Visit the Myōshin-ji Buddhist Temple. (VIDEO)

On June 21, 2013, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan arrived in Kyoto to visit the Myōshin-ji Buddhist Temple which stands upon “…the grounds of the former palace of the late Emperor Hanazono of Japan.”

In the evening, Their Imperial Majesties attended a tea party at the Kyoto Imperial Palace.