Jordanian king reiterates importance of peace as key for regional cooperation

MENA , Ahram Online , Saturday 25 Jun 2022

To address the issues brought on by the Russian-Ukrainian dispute and promote prosperity in the region, Jordan's King Abdullah II underlined the need for regional cooperation efforts on Friday, according to the Petra news agency.

Jordan s King Abdullah II
Jordan s King Abdullah II gives a speech during the inauguration of the 19th Parliament s non-ordinary session, in Amman, Jordan, on December 10, 2020. AP


The Jordanian king also discussed the United States' role in the Middle East in his interview with CNBC Anchor and Senior International Correspondent Hadley Gamble, stressing the importance of intensifying peace efforts as a prerequisite for fostering regional cooperation.

The kingdom works actively with NATO and sees itself as a partner of the alliance, having fought “shoulder-to-shoulder” with NATO troops for decades, the monarch told Gamble.

"I would be one of the first people that would endorse a Middle East NATO," King Abdullah said, according to CNBC.

But the vision of such a military alliance must be very clear, and its role should be well defined, he added.

“The mission statement has to be very, very clear. Otherwise, it confuses everybody,” he stressed.

In the interview, from which some clips were released on Friday and which will be broadcast in full in early July, King Abdullah spoke about Jordan’s Economic Modernization Vision for the next decade, and the parallel tracks of political, economic and administrative modernization. 

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