By H.E. Dr. Munther S. Qabba’ah, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
The Independence Day is an occasion to commemorate the achievements realized in the Kingdom over the past 68 years, under the leadership of the Late King Talal Bin Abdullah and the Late King Hussein Bin Talal, may God rest their souls in peace, and up to the accession of His Majesty King Abdullah II to uphold the Hashemite banner, Jordan has never ceased to achieve numerous achievements on different political, economic, social, cultural and service fronts. I would like to mention that Jordan is serving as a non-permanent member of the Security Council for a two-year term until January 2016.
The Hashemite rule that is based on “wisdom, tolerance, prudence, a strong will and a profound vision” has made Jordan a model of progress, prosperity and stability, and turned it into a haven for all Arabs and Muslims seeking peace and safety.
Jordan not only survived two regional wars, but also played a great role as a peace moderator in the Middle East peace road. King Abdullah is the region’s most outspoken statesman on Middle East peace, which he asserts as both a basic right and a practical need for all people of the region. Since accession to the throne, His .Majesty has insisted upon the crucial importance of a peaceful resolution to the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis as the indispensable condition for comprehensive regional peace and development. Using Jordan’s strong relationship with members of the international community, he has advocated for active global engagement in bringing the parties together for a resolution. King Abdullah believes that peace is more than an end to conflict: it is comprehensive development that bestows on individuals and nations lives, dignity, prosperity, and hope.
Jordan has achieved remarkable reforms during His Majesty’s reign, especially with the current political environment and Arab Spring, internal, regional and international conditions require reason, wisdom and evolutionary reforms. With the vision of H.M. King Abdullah II, amendments to constitution and many other measures to enhance democratization and political reforms were taken, that lead to introducing new laws related to freedom of public assemblies, freedom of speech and National Election Law.
This year celebration coincides with a very dear occasion to Jordanians’ hearts, as his Holiness Pope Francis will be in official visit to Jordan on 24th- 25th May; the official visit marks the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Jordan and Vatican (1994). The pontiff’s visit to the Kingdom is the fourth by a Pope in half a century, starting with Pope Paul VI’s tour of Jordan and Palestine in 1964, and the first for His Holiness.
As a man of peace, Pope Francis’ upcoming visit is expected to empower Jordan in its effort to achieve peace, as Jordan has always been the advocate of peace in the Middle East, and hopes to see the outcome of the visit as a drive to move the peace efforts ahead as well as to promote Jordan‘s tourism.
Jordan and Romania commemorate this year the 49th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations, and celebrate the excellent cooperation between them. In 2009 ten cooperation agreements and protocols were signed, eight of which are in economic field; signing those agreements reflected on more intense cooperation between the business sectors and the Chambers of Commerce in the two countries, and many joint business workshops were held in Amman and Bucharest. Jordan is still interested in developing the cooperation with Romania by creating a Romanian –Jordanian economic corridor, notably in sectors of energy and mineral resources, agriculture, transports and in financial- banking field.
Also, cooperation is promoted in health sector with the plan to hold the joint conference this month in Amman under the patronage of H.R.H. Princess Muna Al Hussein and the participation of Romanian official delegation.
The ties between Jordanian and Romanian peoples’ are at their best, as almost 12,000 Jordanian students graduated from Romanian universities, many of them established families with Romanian spouses. In Jordan there are about 2,000 mixed Romanian-Jordanian families, with no doubt they play a great role in enhancing socio-economic, trade, inter-cultural and civil bonds between the two countries.
Finally, on this occasion, I would like to extend my warmest congratulation to the Jordanian community in Romania, and to express my sincerest gratitude to the Romanian government for their support and cooperation in facilitating the work of the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to enhance the good relations between our two countries as well as serving the Jordanian community at its best.