FM, Arab-Islamic ministerial committee members on Gaza meet French president

Paris: In a meeting yesterday, French President Emmanuel Macron met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi, as well as members of the the ministerial committee assigned by the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit to address the developments in Gaza.

The topics of discussion included efforts to achieve a ceasefire in Gaza, address the humanitarian situation, and arrive at a comprehensive and long-lasting solution to the conflict based on the two-state solution.

A joint statement was issued following the meeting, which outlined the following:

The French president met with the members headed by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan, Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Bin Abdelrahman Al-Thani, Jordanian Deputy Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi, and Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri.

The ministerial committee members and the French president spoke about the dangerous situat
ion that has developed in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israel’s persistent aggression.

They also discussed the need for increased international efforts to bring about an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire in the Gaza Strip that ensures the safety of civilians and the provision of sufficient and long-lasting humanitarian aid to all areas of the Gaza Strip.

In order for the Palestinian people to realize their legitimate rights and bring about a comprehensive and just peace for all, the Ministerial Committee members emphasized the significance of the embodiment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the lines of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, as well as the significance of international recognition of the Palestinian state, particularly that of the permanent members of the Security Council.

The Ministerial Committee members emphasized that they fully reject the Israeli occupation’s control over the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing and its refusal to allow the entry o
f critical humanitarian and relief aid into the Gaza Strip.

They also reiterated their call for the international community to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for violations and practices that violate international law and international humanitarian law.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Petra’s Treasury lit up on occasion of Independence Day

Petra: The Treasury in Petra was lit with candles yesterday to celebrate the Kingdom’s 78th Independence Day.

The Treasury landmark was lit up as part of Petra’s celebration of the Independence Day, in which the city, along with other towns and cities in the Kingdom, flew the national flag proudly in the streets, on home rooftops, and in public areas as a show of pride in the nation’s accomplishments and development since the creation of the modern state and its independence.

Chief Commissioner of Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority Fares Breizat said the Petra Treasury was illuminated with candles at night as a symbol of our pride and the citizens alike of the Pink City, our country, and its Hashemite leadership.

Source: Jordan News Agency

King bestows medals on Jordanian institutions, individuals on 78th Independence Day

Amman: His Majesty King Abdullah II on Saturday bestowed Royal medals on Jordanian institutions and individuals on the occasion of Jordan’s 78th Independence Day, in recognition of their distinguished achievements and contributions to Jordan’s progress and modernisation.

The ceremony, held at Al Husseiniya Palace, was attended by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and His Royal Highness Prince Hashem bin Abdullah II, as well as a number of Royal family members and senior officials and officers.

The ceremony highlighted the achievements of Jordanians in sports, foreign policy, education, voluntary work, economics, vocational training, agriculture, medicine, science, ICT, filmmaking, and investment.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Google celebrates Jordan’s Independence Day

Amman: On Saturday, the well-known search engine “Google” commemorated Jordan’s 78th Independence Day.

Google used a picture of the Jordanian flag as the website’s background for the logo, making the flag visible to anybody using the global search engine.

Every year on May 25th, the search engine “Google” takes part in the celebration of Jordan’s Independence Day.

Source: Jordan News Agency

US congratulates Jordan on Independence Day, Silver Jubilee of His Majesty

Amman: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Jordan’s leadership, government and people on the seventy-eighth Independence Day of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the twenty-fifth anniversary of His Majesty King Abdullah’s accession to the throne (Silver Jubilee).

Regarding the celebrations of the Kingdom’s seventy-eighth anniversary of independence and the twenty-fifth anniversary of His Majesty King Abdullah II’s accession to the throne, Blinken offered the Jordanian people his best wishes and heartfelt congratulations on behalf of the United States.

The longstanding relationship and strategic alliance between the United States and Jordan, which has been in place for 75 years, he continued, are founded on our shared commitment to advancing peace, security, and stability in the region. The statement was released on Saturday by the U.S. Embassy in Amman. “The partnership between the United States and our ally Jordan is strong and endurable,” as President Biden said.

Blinken added that, “We
highly appreciate Jordan’s leading role in promoting peace and security, and value our partnership and close friendship.” Under the direction of His Majesty King Abdullah II, the United States wishes the Jordanian people lasting prosperity this year and beyond as they celebrate Independence Day.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Jordan Economic Forum discusses mechanisms for developing ties with EU

Amman: During a recent discussion session titled “How to take economic relations between the European Union and Jordan to the next level?” the Jordan Economic Forum covered strategies for advancing economic ties between Jordan and the EU.

In the presence of several EU ambassadors and Pierre-Christophe Chatzisavas , the EU ambassador to the Kingdom, the Forum’s chairman, Khair Abu Sa’ilik, emphasized Jordan’s efforts to fortify its political ties with the EU.

In a statement released by the forum on Saturday, Abu Sa’ilik made reference to the necessity of enhancing economic cooperation between the two sides in order to realize larger trade benefits. He also emphasized the significance of the session, which was part of the economic salon program, in terms of the two sides exchanging ideas and experiences.

He stated that there is still room for improvement in the economic ties between Jordan and the EU, emphasizing the necessity for cooperation to pave the path for mutually beneficial economic connections.

e June 11 EU-Jordan Business Forum, according to EU Ambassador to Jordan Katzisavas, will present a special chance for banks and the private sector to take advantage of the significant trade and investment potential.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Hashemite Kings are reason behind strength of Jordanian state – Senate Speaker

Amman: Senate Speaker Faisal Al-Fayez said the reason behind the strength, steadfast and firmness of the Jordanian state is its Hashemite Kings, who enjoy religious and historical legitimacy as well as the legitimacy of the tremendous achievements made over more than a hundred years.

Speaking on Jordan Television’s 60 Minutes program on the occasion of the Independence Day, which aired on Friday, Al-Fayez said the stages of building the state had started with the founding King Abdullah I, may God rest his soul, who started to establish and build state institutions, His Majesty King Talal bin Abdullah, may God rest his soul, who wrote the advanced constitution of the Jordanian state, which defined the relationship between the citizen and the state, His Majesty the late King Hussein, who finished the construction and was dubbed the builder, and His Majesty King Abdul II, who strengthened all this.

He continued, saying that despite the many difficulties the Jordanian state constantly encounters, security, safe
ty, and stability are the three most important aspects of the nation and that is why we are always overcome with happiness on Independence Day.

Al-Fayez noted that despite all of the crises that have occurred since 2003, the gross national product has increased fourfold since 1999 and has continued growing continuously.

Al-Fayez emphasized the significance of changing the electoral law and the constitution to support modernist architecture. He stated his opinion that there should be a merger of the parties in Jordan prior to the next elections, as His Majesty wants a parliamentary government and a party parliament after three parliamentary sessions.

Al-Fayez discussed the political, economic, and social aspects of His Majesty King Abdullah II’s 25-year reign, pointing out that this period was marked by numerous crises, beginning with the events in the West Bank and continuing with the occupation of Iraq, the global economic crisis, the events of the so-called Arab Spring, the burden of asylum, the Covid ep
idemic, the war in Ukraine, and Gaza, among other things. “Jordan has made progress in all fields and has achieved tremendous achievements, despite the fact that all of this has affected Jordan and the economic situation and caused a decline in services,” Al-Fayez stated in response to all of these difficulties.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Gaza death toll rises to 35,903 martyrs

Gaza: The Gaza Ministry of Health said, on Saturday, that the death toll in the Strip due to the Israeli aggression has reached 35,903 martyrs and 80,420 wounded.

It added that in the last twenty-four hours, hospitals have received 46 martyrs and 130 injured victims from the five massacres carried out by the Israeli occupation on families in the Gaza Strip.

The ministry further stated that many victims’ bodies were under the rubble and in the roads, making them inaccessible to ambulance and civil defense crews.

Source: Jordan News Agency

King attends ceremony marking 78th Independence Day

Amman: His Majesty King Abdullah II on Saturday attended the ceremony held at Al Husseiniya Palace to mark Jordan’s 78th Independence Day, also attended by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah.

During the ceremony, attended by His Royal Highness Prince Hashem bin Abdullah II, the heads of the authorities delivered speeches, congratulating His Majesty on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee, and stressing Jordanians’ commitment to moving forward with modernisation and advancement, towards further prosperity for their homeland.

They stressed Jordanians’ steadfast support for the Hashemite leadership in defending Arab causes and supporting the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as safeguarding Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

Royal family members, senior officials and officers, members of the diplomatic corps, and representatives of political parties, civil society organisations, and professional associations attended the ceremony.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Safadi: Under King’s leadership, we are proceeding onto paths of blanket modernization

Amman: Lower House Speaker Ahmad Safadi said that the Jordanian state is firmly and steadily advancing toward comprehensive modernization, which is driven by His Majesty King Abdullah II to empower women and youth and broaden the base of public participation in decision-making.

Speaking on Jordan Television’s 60 Minutes program on the occasion of the Independence Day, which aired on Friday, Safadi added that the Great Arab Revolt, Independence Day, and the silver jubilee of His Majesty King Abdullah II’s accession to the throne, where we witnessed a quarter of a century of giving, achievement, and the continuation of the process of modernization and construction, were the culminations of our people’s celebrations.

He mentioned several issues that Jordan faces on the northern and eastern fronts, such as attempts to transport narcotics and weapons, and he emphasized that these issues are handled expertly and properly by the brave army and security agencies.

“And we have been able to overcome many challenges
and pressures, and our national economy is stable and secure,” he continued, underlining that the Parliament approved a number of laws related to technological development and cybersecurity, to keep up with technology and artificial intelligence and how to use them properly. Jordan, he said, has always enjoyed the appreciation, respect, and confidence of the international community thanks to the wisdom of His Majesty the King.

Source: Jordan News Agency