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King patronizes opening of RMS International Conference, opens 2nd JOHEX

[10/30/2018 3:06:04 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II, Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army, on Tuesday patronized the opening of the 9th edition of the Royal Medical Services (RMS) International Conference with the participation of 600 medical scientists, experts, officials and specialists from Jordan and 50 Arab and foreign countries. The event themed "Leadership in Healthcare: Commitment & Challenges" is held at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center in the Dead Sea region and runs for four days It provides a platform to exchange knowledge and expertise. On the sidelines of conference, His Majesty opened the second edition of the Jordan Health Exhibition (JOHEX) in which 85 local and global companies are taking part. King Abdullah looked firsthand at advanced medical equipment and technology. The 5,000-square-meter exhibition at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center is an opportunity for companies to showcase their products and demonstrate technological advancements in the global medical arena. In a speech at the opening ceremony of the conference, Director-General of Royal Medical Services, Maj. Gen. Muin Habashneh, reviewed the role of the Royal Medical Services since its inception in the 1940s in rehabilitating and developing the capabilities of its cadres and recording achievements in many medical sectors in the region and the world. He pointed out that the conference aims at building bridges of cooperation with universities, colleges and medical institutions around the world and to keep abreast of developments, inventions and disciplines. Habashneh noted that 93 Arab and foreign participants, as well as 120 speakers from various medical sectors in the Kingdom, will deliver 460 lectures in 87 scientific sessions and 5 seminars on different medical sciences. He further said that there will be 49 scientific workshops that will include surgical operations that will be transmitted live for educational purposes. His Majesty and the audience watched a documentary film highlighting the history and journey of the Royal Medical Services.

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King opens Third Ordinary Session of the 18th Parliament

[10/14/2018 6:13:55 AM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II on Sunday, opened the third ordinary session of the 18th Parliament with a speech from the throne. Following is the full text of His Majesty's speech: In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate, 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 third ordinary session of the Eighteenth Parliament, marking a new chapter in your mission, characterised by national consensus and teamwork to overcome the critical challenges and circumstances our homeland faces. Honourable Senators, Honourable Representatives, In my daily observation of the concerns of our country and our citizens, I have sensed dissatisfaction with the way current challenges are being addressed. The process of development in Jordan, as in other countries, has been marred by some mistakes and challenges, which we must learn from, resolve, and prevent from reoccurring, so that we may move forward. This dissatisfaction is, unfortunately, the result of a weakening public trust in government institutions, as well as an atmosphere of scepticism that leads to frustration and withdrawal. Here, we must remember that countries are not built on cynicism and self-doubt, nor by undermining or denying achievements. They are built by knowledge, determination, and hard work. I take this opportunity to address all Jordanians through you: be fair to Jordan and remember its achievements so that your dissatisfaction with the current difficulties may become a positive force to push you forward. The nation needs you and your energies to fulfil its highest potential. Honourable Senators, Honourable Representatives, Jordan’s ambitious vision is based on rooted principles. Jordan is a state of law; it is a productive state; it is citizen-centric; and it is guided by a noble mission. These constants distinguish Jordan as a vibrant country and a society striving for progress. Jordan, as a state of law, will not allow the selective implementation of the law; all Jordanians have an equal right to justice, and corruption will not be left unaddressed to become a chronic social illness. I hereby affirm that the state’s institutions are well capable of uprooting corruption and holding to account those who dare to encroach on public funds. It is important to reinforce state institutions against corruption by enhancing oversight bodies and ensuring accountability; completing the e-government project, which enhances transparency and addresses shortcomings in public administration; and maintaining ongoing assessment and development of administrative staff to ensure efficiency and integrity, and elevate the quality of public services. As we reaffirm our trust in the awareness of Jordanians and their active role in combating and countering corruption, caution is required in dealing with those who may, willingly or inadvertently, spread rumours and baseless accusations to harm reputations and undermine or deny achievements. We will not allow Jordan’s reputation to be in jeopardy. Honourable Senators, Honourable Representatives, The productive state we seek is striving to gain the elements necessary for its economic independence. Jordan is moving resolutely towards a culture of creating opportunities and self-reliance. With this spirit, we can deliver our mega projects in energy, infrastructure, investment promotion, and agriculture support. The most important achievement in this field would be encouraging excellence, dedication, and professionalism. Therefore, the concerned state institutions and their employees must embrace proactivity and openness, and welcome creative ideas and implement them to encourage national, Arab, and foreign investments, which, in turn, transfer knowledge and expertise while developing infrastructure and providing job opportunities. As a citizen-centric country, Jordan embraces social solidarity and is keen that all policies, projects, and plans serve, protect, and empower Jordanians to continue their role in building a prosperous nation. Due to the ineffectiveness of traditional economic paradigms in addressing challenges and meeting the growing needs of citizens, the Government, in line with its plans, must develop a realistic economic model that stimulates growth, enhances fiscal and monetary stability, addresses the exacerbated debt, and attracts investments to provide job opportunities for Jordanians. Jordanians deserve much more, especially in terms of health, education, and transport services. Therefore, the Government must work to enhance the quality of these services, and all employees at public institutions must take pride in serving Jordanians. Because our people are our true asset, we affirm their right to quality services, and to the education, knowledge, and tech skills that empower them to contribute to the homeland’s progress, so that we keep up with global trends, as the world economy is in constant flux, which demands that we double down on our efforts. Honourable Senators, Honourable Representatives, Jordan is a country with a mission rooted in the principles of the Great Arab Awakening. This is what drives Jordan’s strong stand against injustice, its pursuit of peace, defence of Islam, and advocacy of moderation, tolerance, modernity, and openness. All of Jordan’s policies, positions, and sacrifices stem from these steadfast principles. Our position on the Palestinian cause is unwavering and known to all. Our message to the whole world is that injustice against the brotherly Palestinian people must end to enable them to establish their independent, sovereign state on the 4 June 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Honourable Senators, Honourable Representatives, Jordan remains committed to its leading role in fighting terrorism and extremism. These dark ideologies have no place in a free and democratic Jordan. We also pay tribute to the heroism and sacrifice of the Arab Army and security agencies. We proudly salute them and pledge that Jordan’s people and institutions will stand with them shoulder to shoulder, as always. Honourable Senators, Honourable Representatives, From this Chamber, I salute the great, patient, determined and dedicated Jordanian people. I call on all Jordanians, as we near the first centennial of the deep-rooted Jordanian state, to raise our heads high and to continue to work diligently to build the future we strive for. Honourable Senators, Honourable Representatives, This is the vision and approach we have always called for and affirmed, based on three key components that all Jordanians seek: First, a just and firm state governed by law; Second, a resilient, growing economy that is open and agile; Third, quality basic services provided to the public. I urge you all to work positively together in the spirit of constructive cooperation. Let that be the motive for our sincere endeavours. I wish you success in serving our beloved Jordan and our dear people. Peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you. Upon the King’s arrival at the Parliament accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein, the artillery performed a 21-gun salute and the national anthem was played. His Majesty also reviewed the guard of honor. The opening of the ordinary session was also attended by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein, a number of Royal family members, the prime minister, the Senate president, president of the Judicial Council, the Royal Court chief, the King's advisor, the director of the King's Office, the King's advisors, the army chief, the directors of the general intelligence, public security, gendarmerie and civil defence departments as well as senior civic and military officials.

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Fighter pilot laid to rest in military funeral

[8/27/2018 10:05:47 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Helicopter pilot First Lt. Ahmed Ali Mohammad Khleif al-Khawaldeh, who died during a military training trip to the US state of Texas on Tuesday, was buried on Monday in his hometown in Mafraq Governorate. The fighter pilot received a military funeral by the Jordan Armed Forces- Arab Army General Command, where Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat, the Minister of Interior and heads of security agencies joined officers of the armed forces and security agencies, officials and local mourners. The coffin of Khawaldeh, draped in the Jordanian flag, was carried by comrade officers to the cemetery in the town of Bal'ama after midday prayers in the town's mosque, as a brass band played sombre tunes. The Chief of Staff, the interior minister and top security officers placed wreaths of flowers on the tomb of the martyr. The armed forces mourned the martyr soldier and extended its condolences to his family.

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[8/11/2018 6:13:08 AM]


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Sarkis and Alhuri on the southern theater

[7/25/2018 3:12:08 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Sarkis and Alhuri on the southern theater.

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Jordanian Unions Strike Against Income Tax Law in Jordan

[5/30/2018 7:33:34 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Jordan Medical Association (JMA) has called on all its members to hold a work stoppage all day on Wednesday and to “only treat emergency cases”. The JMA members in the public and private hospitals were asked to leave their offices and gather in the medical facilities yards’ while doctors in outpatient clinics were required to postpone their appointments and close their clinics, Hisham Fitiani, a member of the JMA’s team to follow up on the association’s strike, told The Jordan Times. “The association said all medical staff working in emergency rooms and operation rooms are excluded from taking part in the strike,” he stressed, noting that “all members of the association are obliged by law to take part in the strike and hold a work stoppage all Wednesday.” Teachers will join the strike across the Kingdom, but parents should still send their children to schools for the final exams of the current scholastic semester, Jordan Teachers Association spokesperson Ahmad Hajaya told The Jordan Times on Tuesday. “We will effectively take part in the strike, but this will not affect the students as, currently, there are final exams, so we want to assure parents that there will be no change in plans for exams. They should send their children for the exams...Our objective is not to harm students or the society but to deliver a strong message to the government that we are rejecting this law,” said Hajaya, in the name of the 140,000-member association. “We reject the draft law and want to deliver a message in a civilised manner,” he stated. Pharmacists will also take part in the strike, the Jordan Pharmacists Association said in a statement sent to the Jordan Times on Tuesday. The strike includes closing pharmacies from 9:00am until 2:00pm while workers are to hold a work stoppage during the same time. The association urged pharmacists to take part in the main gathering planned at the professional associations. Meanwhile, the Jordanian Construction Contractors Association will rally the strike, according to a statement issued on Tuesday. The Jordan Bar Association (JBA) said Tuesday its lawyers will hold a work stoppage in protest of the law. “Lawyers are urged not to work on Wednesday in rejection of the income tax draft law, which will increase burden on all Jordanians,” the JBA said in a statement published on its website on Tuesday. The Jordan Press Association on Tuesday issued instructions for its members on how to join the strike, noting that they are to hold a work stoppage from 10:00am until 3:00pm, with members in all media outlets urged to join the strike and cover its activities. The Foodstuff Traders Association also urged its members to hold a strike from 9:00am until 2:00pm, while the ICT Association of Jordan int@j asked its members and workers in the sector to join the movement. Members and representatives of more than 33 associations, unions and societies will take part in the strike on Wednesday including the Garment Traders Association and the Jordan Engineers Associations.

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King inaugurates SOFEX 2018 arms fair

[5/8/2018 7:34:52 AM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II Tuesday inaugurated the 2018 Special Operations Forces Exhibition SOFEX on its twelfth edition, which focuses on defence industries and national security. Upon arriving at the King Abdullah I Air Base in Amman for the opening ceremony, the Supreme Commander, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Hussein, was received by HRH Prince Faisal Ibn Al Hussein and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat. His Majesty was also greeted by a guard of honour as a military band played the national anthem. "It is of great pride that SOFEX remains an effective platform for special operations and national security, which proves itself as a standard for evaluating international events", said SOFEX director Amer Al Tabaa. "Defence and security are two vital issues for all world nations, and thus we spare no effort to ensure our armed forces are equipped with cutting-edge technology", added Al Tabaa. This fair, he pointed out, comes to provide a distinguished hub to impart knowledge and keep pace with challenges and rapid events. The niche four-day event brings together more than 350 companies of all sizes from 35 Arab and foreign countries to showcase their state-of-the-art innovations. Further, King Abdullah and the Crown Prince watched an exercise of paratrooper landings and cordoning off an area, which was carried out by the Rapid Response Unit with backing from F-16 fighter jets to simulate an evacuation of hostages from a terrorist group. Royal Jordanian Air Force aircraft carrying the flags of the Jordanian army and SOFEX hovered above the area. Also, the King and the Crown Prince toured the fair, which comprised local, regional and international companies, and listened to a briefing by representatives on their industries. They also stopped at Jordan's pavilion at the exhibition, which showcases weapons and sophisticated equipment used in various defence and rescue operations. His Majesty and the Crown Prince also toured the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) and were briefed on machinery manufactured by the bureau, as well as research projects which KADDB implements jointly with universities. They also toured the pavilions of key local and international companies and checked first-hand on their products in the field of manufacturing industrial equipment. SOFEX is considered one of the top international defense exhibitions, and attracts delegations headed by Ministers of Defence, Chiefs of Staff and Special Operations Commanders from all corners of the globe. Convened biennially at the King Abdullah I Airbase in Amman, the fair provides an opportunity for defense industry members around the globe to engage in discussions with high ranking military officials, network with visiting foreign delegations and showcase the technologies and solutions that will maintain the security and safety of citizens around the world.

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