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King inaugurates 18th Parliament’s fourth ordinary session


[11/10/2019 6:33:46 AM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday inaugurated the fourth ordinary session of the 18th Parliament and delivered the Speech from the Throne. In the speech, King Abdullah said the fourth ordinary session is "an ordinary session taking place in extraordinary times, which require transparency and courage, and hard work and achievement in equal measure." "I speak to you today from the very podium where I vowed, 20 years ago, to preserve the Constitution and to remain loyal to the nation," His Majesty told lawmakers. "Al Hussein, may his soul rest in peace, pledged me for this nation, and I have only ever been its loyal servant," the King added. Saluting every Jordanian man and woman who have contributed to the nation’s progress and development, His Majesty made special mention of his brothers and sisters in arms at the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army and security agencies, active and retired. Reaffirming Jordan’s unwavering positions on key causes, His Majesty said: "Our national positions on the Palestinian cause are steadfast, supporting our Palestinian brethren to establish their independent state on the 4 June 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital. There will be no compromise on safeguarding Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, despite increasing dangers and threats." "Today, I also announce the expiration of the Peace Treaty annexes on Al Ghamr and Baqura and the imposition of our full sovereignty over every inch of those lands," the King underscored. His Majesty acknowledged the concern felt by Jordanians, noting: "I know and feel with every one of my dear, fellow Jordanians. Every one of you has a family to provide for, and I am responsible for an entire nation." The King said Jordan has paid a heavy price because of its historical positions, stressing that the Kingdom has undertaken bold reforms, even in the most difficult of circumstances, demonstrating to the world "that Jordan, whatever the challenges, does not know the impossible". "Jordanians, as always, have stood firm safeguarding their homeland and its achievements, for Jordanians do not back down in the face of adversity; they endure and persevere, having inherited the spirit of resolve and dedication, generation after generation," His Majesty added. Noting that Jordan is moving steadily forward, the King said "the most difficult reforms are behind us, and the promising future lies ahead. We are marching confidently towards that future to realise the aspirations of the people of this nation." His Majesty said the government has launched the economic programme’s first package and will announce other detailed packages, including a review of regulations and legislation related to taxes and customs, in order to facilitate business and reduce the burden on citizens. The King directed the government to "work vigorously and efficiently to take further bold measures to advance the national economy". But His Majesty stressed that "no government can proceed on the path of reform and achievement without a supportive legislative power, an impartial judiciary, an active private sector, and citizens confident in themselves and in the future of their country." "No venue is more appropriate than this one here to urge the three branches of government to carry out their duties. Today, you are all responsible, and tomorrow, you are all accountable," the King said. "I do not address you today fearing for our nation. I speak to you out of my faith in our country and in you, and with a clear vision of the opportunities before us," His Majesty told lawmakers. The King noted Jordan’s qualified youth and promising sectors, stressing that "investors are keen and the world believes in Jordan and its potential". "Let us arise to build a new reality in which growth can be doubled, creating thousands of opportunities for every aspiring Jordanian... Our awakening has no place for those who surrender to pessimism and gloom," His Majesty said, adding that "we derive our optimism and determination from our people". Following is the full English translation of the Speech from the Throne: "In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful, Prayers and peace be upon our Prophet Mohammad, Honourable Senators, Honourable Representatives, Peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you, In the name of God, and with His blessings, we inaugurate the fourth ordinary session of the Eighteenth Parliament. It is an ordinary session taking place in extraordinary times, which require transparency and courage, and hard work and achievement in equal measure. I speak to you today from the very podium where I vowed, 20 years ago, to preserve the Constitution and to remain loyal to the nation. Al Hussein, may his soul rest in peace, pledged me for this nation, and I have only ever been its loyal servant. Honourable Senators, Honourable Representatives, I salute every Jordanian man and woman who have contributed to the nation’s progress and development, each from their post. I especially salute my brothers and sisters in arms, who carry the badge we all hold dear, at the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army and security agencies, active and retired. To them, we express our full appreciation and pride. Honourable Senators, Honourable Representatives, Jordan has moved steadily forward, maintaining its steadfast positions. We have made reform and the consolidation of the democratisation process a consistent approach. Our national positions on the Palestinian cause are steadfast, supporting our Palestinian brethren to establish their independent state on the 4 June 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital. There will be no compromise on safeguarding Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, despite increasing dangers and threats. I hereby call on Muslims and Christians to step up the protection of these holy sites, and support us in safeguarding them and ensuring the preservation of their legal status. Today, I also announce the expiration of the Peace Treaty annexes on Al Ghamr and Baqura and the imposition of our full sovereignty over every inch of those lands. Honourable Senators, Honourable Representatives, I am not here today to list achievements, nor to extend platitudes, when I see the concern in the eyes of my fellow Jordanians. I see it in the eyes of a father who wants to put bread on the table, the unemployed young man worried about his future, and military and civilian pensioners. In response to many questions, I say, I know and feel with every one of my dear, fellow Jordanians. Every one of you has a family to provide for, and I am responsible for an entire nation. We are all aware that the crises surrounding us have cast a shadow over Jordan in various aspects of life, especially the economy. We have paid a heavy price because of our historical positions. We have undertaken bold reforms, even in the most difficult of circumstances, and have demonstrated to the world, time and again, that Jordan, whatever the challenges, does not know the impossible. Jordanians, as always, have stood firm safeguarding their homeland and its achievements, for Jordanians do not back down in the face of adversity; they endure and persevere, having inherited the spirit of resolve and dedication, generation after generation. Honourable Senators, Honourable Representatives, I know that today, many are asking where we are headed. To them I say Jordan is moving steadily forward. The most difficult reforms are behind us, and the promising future lies ahead. We are marching confidently towards that future to realise the aspirations of the people of this nation. Last month, the Government presented an economic programme, to be implemented in phases and along four pillars, aimed at reviewing salaries and wages, stimulating the economy and incentivising investments, improving the quality of services provided to citizens, and administrative reform and public finance. The Government has launched the programme’s first package, and will announce other detailed packages, including a review of regulations and legislation related to taxes and customs, in order to facilitate business and reduce the burden on citizens. Therefore, I hereby direct the Government to work vigorously and efficiently to take further bold measures to advance the national economy. But today, no government can proceed on the path of reform and achievement without a supportive legislative power, an impartial judiciary, an active private sector, and citizens confident in themselves and in the future of their country. No venue is more appropriate than this one here to urge the three branches of Government to carry out their duties. Today, you are all responsible, and tomorrow, you are all accountable. We all have no choice but to take action and achieve results. Honourable Senators, Honourable Representatives, I do not address you today fearing for our nation. I speak to you out of my faith in our country and in you, and with a clear vision of the opportunities before us. Our youth are qualified; our sectors are promising; investors are keen; and the world believes in Jordan and its potential. Let us arise to build a new reality in which growth can be doubled, creating thousands of opportunities for every aspiring Jordanian for those who work and persevere, for those who have hope, for those with infinite ambitions, for those who make something out of nothing and do not expect results without putting in the effort. Our awakening has no place for those who surrender to pessimism and gloom. Honourable Senators, Honourable Representatives, We derive our optimism and determination from our people. May God grant us all success and pave our way towards achievement and good deeds. Peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you." Earlier, an official ceremony was held on the King’s arrival at Parliament, accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II and Prince Hashem bin Abdullah II. The opening of Parliament’s third ordinary session was attended by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Crown Prince Al Hussein, as well as a number of royal family members, senior officials and officers, and Arab and foreign diplomats. After delivering the Speech from the Throne, the King greeted members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, in addition to senior officials and officers.

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Teachers' strike ends, students back to school


[10/6/2019 7:38:14 AM]

AMMONNEWS - About 1.5 million students are back to their schools across the Kingdom on Sunday as teachers ended their four-week strike after having their demands for a pay raise met. In a meeting late Saturday, the government and the Jordan Teachers Association (JTA) reached a deal to end the strike, under which teachers were granted pay raises and a package of actions to improve their living conditions which will positively reflect on the educational process.

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Qatar Airways opens new Amman offices


[9/2/2019 3:10:48 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Qatar Airways on Monday opened its new offices in Amman in a ceremony attended by Minister of Transportation Anmar Khasawneh, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Majd Shweikeh and Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Muthana Gharaibeh as well as the Qatar Airways Group CEO, Akbar al-Baker. Khasawneh welcomed the opening of Qatar Airways' new offices in Amman, expressing his hope that this step will be followed by a series of steps to enhance Qatari investments in the Kingdom. The minister stressed Jordan-Qatar ties and called for removing all obstacles to closer bilateral cooperation. CEO of Qatar Airways Group Akbar al-Baker noted that his company operates three daily flights to Amman on wide-body aircraft, including the Airbus A350, emphasizing the importance of the Kingdom's market to Qatar Airways. He added: "The opening of our new offices in Amman is a response to the increasing demand for our flights, which confirms that we have become the preferred airline for travelers from Jordan, and we look forward to enhancing our offerings and services in Jordan during the current period; and we are confident that the opening of our new offices will help us achieve this. ''

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King attends 73rd Independence Day ceremony


[5/25/2019 7:44:18 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah, accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, attended a ceremony at the Cultural Palace on Saturday marking Jordan’s 73rd Independence Day. Upon arrival at the venue, King Abdullah was received with a military reception that included a 21-gun salute, and then inspected the honour guard. At the ceremony, attended by a number of royal family members, Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, Senate President Faisal Fayez, Speaker of the House of Representatives Atef Tarawneh, and Judicial Council President Mohammad Ghazou delivered speeches that highlighted Jordan’s achievements since its independence. Congratulating all Jordanians on the occasion, they commended the nation’s achievements, under His Majesty’s leadership, in various fields, which are a source of pride for Jordanian men and women. During the ceremony, His Majesty bestowed medals on a number of leading national institutions and a group of distinguished Jordanian men and women, in appreciation for their contributions to Jordan’s prosperity and progress. A video highlighting the achievements of the honourees was screened at the ceremony, while another video showed Jordan’s achievements in a number of sectors over the past 20 years of King Abdullah’s reign. Senior officials and army officers, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, diplomats, and representatives of civil society institutions, political parties, and professional associations attended the ceremony. Their Majesties and Crown Prince Al Hussein also greeted the attendees at the conclusion of the ceremony.

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Ramadan in Jordan


[5/8/2019 5:51:32 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Ramadan in Jordan

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World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa(WEF)


[4/6/2019 4:13:21 PM]

AMMONNEWS - World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa(WEF)

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Jordan celebrates King’s 57th birthday


[1/30/2019 6:50:20 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Jordan celebrates His Majesty King Abdullah’s 57th birthday today. On the occasion, His Majesty on Tuesday received cables from several heads of states and local officials, a Royal Court statement said. In the cables, they expressed their best wishes and sincere congratulations for the King on the occasion and wished the Jordanian people further progress and prosperity. Born in Amman on January 30, 1962, King Abdullah is the eldest son of His Majesty the late King Hussein and HRH Princess Muna. A Royal Decree was issued on January 24, 1999 naming him Crown Prince. He assumed his constitutional powers as King on February 7, 1999, upon the passing away of His Majesty the late King Hussein. The King began his primary education at the Islamic Educational College in Amman, and later attended St. Edmund’s School in Surrey, England. For his secondary education, he attended Eaglebrook School and Deerfield Academy in the US. King Abdullah joined the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in the United Kingdom in 1980, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1981. He joined the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army in 1982, moving up the ranks in the military to become commander of the Royal Jordanian Special Forces and Special Operations. He also served with the Royal Jordanian Air Force Anti-Tank Wing where he received his wings as well as his qualification as a Cobra attack pilot. In 1987, the King joined the Foreign Service faculty of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and completed an advanced research and study programme in international affairs along with a Master’s programme in Foreign Service affairs. The King rejoined the military in 1989 and continued to be promoted, becoming commander of the Royal Jordanian Special Forces and Special Operations in 1994 with the rank of brigadier general. In 1996, the King restructured the Special Forces to comprise selected units, and was promoted to the rank of major general in 1998. King Abdullah married Her Majesty Queen Rania on June 10, 1993, and they have four children: Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma and Prince Hashem. Since his accession to the Throne in 1999, King Abdullah has focused on enhancing the capabilities of citizens, enriching the concept of respect and dignity of citizens, ensuring the sovereignty of the law, realising equality and justice and equal opportunities for citizens, in addition to focusing on pushing the development process forward and highlighting the effective role of Jordan at the international level. Over the past year, the King has continued to focus on enhancing citizens’ living conditions and improving the economy, launching several initiatives in the economic, political and educational fields. Last November, His Majesty King Abdullah was the first head of state to be awarded the Templeton Prize, the prestigious award granted in appreciation for his exceptional efforts to promote interfaith harmony, safeguard Jerusalem’s Islamic and Christian holy sites and protect religious freedom. Last December, the King directed the government to issue a general pardon to alleviate the pressures on citizens.

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