Jordan’s King Abdullah calls for dialogue for the nation’s interest

Jordan’s King Abdullah speaks at the International Conference on Cohesive Societies (ICCS) in Singapore on June 20, 2019. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

JEDDAH (RAHNUMA): King Abdullah II said Jordan’s success depends on everyone coming to sit at the dialogue table to work for the nation’s interest, regardless of the differences in viewpoints, state news agency Petra reported.

During his meeting with officials at Al-Husseiniya Palace on Tuesday, the king said the “doors are open to all proposals and different viewpoints in the reform process, on the basis of mutual respect, frankness and seriousness, in the interest of Jordan.”

The king also said that everyone’s duty is to work to preserve the parliament’s confidence and its image and reputation among Jordanians.

He was speaking two days after attacks on security forces by supporters loyal to lawmaker Osama Al-Ajarmeh, who has since been expelled from parliament for inciting the clashes.

The king said it was important to link the modernization of the political system to public administration reform and economic development, as an integrated process based on the rule of law.

He called for the need to define the ultimate goal of the political reform process, and build a comprehensive plan to reach this goal.

The king said that to achieve the desired economic reforms, work must be done to attract and encourage investments to reduce poverty and unemployment.

On the Palestinian issue, the king said his country would continue to provide all forms of support and assistance to the Palestinian people.

He said there are continuous efforts to push for a just and comprehensive solution.

King Abdullah said: “There was a conspiracy to weaken the Jordanian state and the Palestinian cause, but we were able to confront it.”

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