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Royal Court responds to King's The Atlantic interview

[3/19/2013 12:00:00 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Royal Hashemite Court on Tuesday said that the article published by The Atlantic on King Abdullah II, segments of which were republished by local and international news outlets, included "many fallacies and took matters out of their correct context."

A source at the Royal Court said that the article included analysis that reflected the author's point of view, and information attributed to King Abdullah "in an inaccurate and untrustworthy manner."

The Royal Court clarified that the King's meeting with the Atlantic journalist, Jeffrey Goldberg, came in the context of the King's relay of his vision towards comprehensive reform, and his keenness to not waste opportunities to realize tangible results to move Jordan forward on the path of development and progress.

The source stressed the King's "pride in all Jordanians, and in all the state agencies and institutions, the sincerity of their loyalty, and awareness of the challenges that faces the nation from both the inside and outside."

In regards to statements attributed to the King in the article on local state and social institutions, the source said that "the descriptions were projected in a manner that contradicts reality and truth," the source stressing the King believes that the strength and solidarity of the "internal front" is the basis of moving forward.

"His Majesty highly regards the role of tribal sheikhs and dignitaries, and the nation's youth and tribes, in the cities, villages, Badia, and refugee camps in building Jordan and defending its accomplishments and capabilities," the source added.

In regards to the article's attribution of the King's statements on state leaders, including Turkish Prime Minister, Egypt and Syria's presidents, the source noted that Jordan holds strong and unique relationships with such neighboring and friendly states, where respect and mutual trust prevails, and stressed the keenness to progress such relations in all aspects through continuous coordination with its leaders, "to whom the King holds utmost respect and regard."

The Royal Court noted in this regard to the King's recent "successful" trip to Turkey, and the continuous coordination and consultation between King Abdullah and the Egyptian leadership regarding various Arab and regional issues.

"Jordan, with the awareness of its people and wisdom of its leadership, with move forward in protecting its national unity, and engraining comprehensive reforms towards a promising future for all its citizens," the source added.

The Royal Court stressed the importance of "accuracy" in distinguishing between what is "King's talk," and what is the author's analysis and personal opinions.

The Atlantic article by its national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg was published on its website on March 18, and is set to be published in The Atlantic's April print edition.

The New York Times published segments of the article on Monday, highlighting alleged statements attributed to King Abdullah by The Atlantic's correspondent, describing Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi as "having no depth," and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as an "authoritarian who views democracy as a bus ride "Once I get to my stop, I am getting off."

The King is reported to have said that "The monarchy is going to change," citing that His Son, Crown Prince Hussein, will preside over a "Western-style democracy with a constitutional monarchy, and not the position of Bashar today," in reference to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

  • 1 Pilgrim 3/19/2013 7:43:49 PM

    Clearly, Jeffery Goldberg has been given almost unprecedented access to His Majesty over the years; however, his article shows an immaturity that does the author little credit. To betray such a trust is unforgivable even if the veracity of the article is not in question? A seasoned reporter should be able to separate casual conversation (at interveiw) and then go on to focus on the relevant pointed issues when crafting his report - again, clearly, Goldberg cannot? At the very least, given such exposure, the author should have submitted his article to the Royal Court, in DRAFT, for comment, prior to release - very unprofessional to say the least?

  • 2 Jordanian living abroad 3/19/2013 11:37:21 PM

    I ask everyone to read the English article “or what is called interview” as it is more like story that goes back to 1999, I am not sure where is the interview other than the writer of the article say “and the King told me so” or “the king mean so” … also what was not mentioned in Arabic translation is the King desire to devolve power to an elected parliament. Again I ask people to read the English release first before judging on the translation God bless Jordan

  • 3 Taroub El Bedour/ Geneva 3/20/2013 7:25:48 PM

    Everyone should read the English article .God bless Jordan and our beloved King.

  • 4 Dabas 3/21/2013 11:58:38 AM

    Real Jordanians were always suspicious. This Article only enforced that feeling and damaged any chance or hope for smooth relationship with the Monarchy. I think great damage has been done.

  • 5 Outrages 3/21/2013 12:50:13 PM

    The Gene is out of the bottle. No amount of damage control will help. The Jordanian tribes are the source of legitimacy of the monarchy in Jordan. Stabbing them in the back is nothing short of despicable.

  • 6 kaled 12/7/2013 12:27:08 AM

    Why do we have defend the king..

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