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King takes part in NATO Summit in Wales


[9/4/2014 11:14:08 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II attended the NATO Summit, which opened here on Thursday with the participation of world leaders and NATO partners.

The Summit, attended by 60 heads of states, serves as a chance for NATO member countries and partners to exchange views on the latest international developments and challenges.

Jordan enjoys an advanced partnership status with the alliance and the Kingdom is seen as a key partner to enhance world peace and stability.

During the Summit, the King met with Prince Charles of Wales and discussed the bilateral ties between Jordan and Britain as well as issues of mutual interest. The King also received Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa for talks on bilateral relations and the latest developments in the Middle East.

The King also met with US President Barak Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of The Netherlands Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of Belgium Elio Di Rupo, Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.

The Monarch’s meetings focused on Jordan’s relations with these countries and ways to bolster these in various domains. They also addressed the latest developments in the Middle East, where the King underlined the importance of addressing the regional challenges, taking into consideration the needs and aspirations of the regional countries and their peoples’ desire for a more secure and stable future.

King Abdullah urged the international community to exert more efforts to breathe life into the peace process after reaching a lasting end to the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip. He also called for creating a suitable environment to resume talks between the Palestinians and Israelis to realize the two-state solution. Such talks, the Monarch affirmed, must address all final status issues and establish an independent Palestinian state on the 4th of July, 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital.

The King also briefed the leaders on the efforts being exerted by Jordan to provide aid and relief to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

His Majesty warned against leaving the Middle East crises unsolved, adding that the status quo would bolster extremism, intolerance and fanaticism.

On Iraq, the Monarch underlined the importance of preserving the unity of Iraq, voicing the hope that Iraqis would manage to form a new national government that represents all segments of the society.

On Syria, King Abdullah warned against the ongoing crisis and its ramifications on the regional countries hosting Syrian refugees, noting that Jordan bears the heaviest burden because it is hosting the largest number of Syrian refugees. He called for the international community to increase its support to the Kingdom.

*Petra

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