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King Abdullah: Jordan has no agendas in Iraq except its people interests

Jordanian King Abdullah
King Abdullah II of Jordan has asserted that his country has no agendas in Iraq except its people's interest and stability.

The Jordanian monarch's remarks were made during his meeting late Wednesday with a number of former prime ministers and political figures for a discussion on local, regional and international issues.

He said security, economic and social challenges facing the Kingdom require all to stand together to address them, stressing the importance of upgrading security measures to deal better with any internal threat to the nation's security.

King Abdullah emphasized that all competent institutions should take the necessary measures to promote the rule of law and preserve its prestige. He indicated that a royal committee is working to develop the judiciary and uphold the rule of law.

Speaking on other local issues, the Jordanian monarch said the economy remains the "biggest challenge" and underlined the important role the private sector plays in generating jobs and spurring growth to ultimately address the poverty and unemployment problems.

Regarding Jordan's relationship with the new U.S. administration, the King said there will be extensive contacts with the U.S. administration and congress in the next stage to build on the strategic relationship between the two countries.

He also noted that Jordan is always in contact with Russia. Turning to the peace process, the King warned that despair and the absence of alternatives to the two-state solution threaten peace efforts.

He stressed the importance of Jerusalem for all Muslims and warned of tampering with the current status of the holy city. On Iraq, His Majesty said it's important to bring about national reconciliation in this Arab country which should be supported in an upcoming Arab summit that will be in Amman in March.


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