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King of Jordan: No One Is Allowed to Tamper with National Unity | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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His Majesty King Abdullah meets with dignitaries from Balqa Governorate at the Royal Court on Monday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

Amman –King of Jordan Abdullah II stressed that no part is allowed to use the regional situations to tamper with Jordanian internal affairs or those who exploit religion to spread hate and violence. HE added that both issues are “red lines” that should not be crossed.

Hosting notables of Balqa Governorate at the Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan, the King said: “Jordan would firmly confront attempts to cross red lines and undermine national unity.”

Abdullah stressed on the importance of cooperation between the government and the Parliament to address pressing issues, asserting that Jordan is built on the foundation of its people’s unity despite limited resources. He called citizens and Parliament to stand by each other to serve common interests.

He said: “The Parliament has a lot to do. There are many challenges at hand. Communication is important between deputies and citizens. The government, parliament and all citizens need to work as a team to open the way for more investments, more job opportunities and address the challenges.”

The king explained that the most two pressing challenges that Jordan faces are poverty and unemployment.

During the meeting, His Majesty thanked all who participated in elections and all who contributed to its success including the Independent Election Commission and other concerned agencies, according to a Royal Court statement.

As for the Syrian refugee crisis, the King underlined the world’s appreciation for Jordan and its people, expressing hope for further support during the coming months. He said that during his meetings at the U.N. Summit in New York, he witnessed great appreciation for what Jordan is doing.

Abdullah reiterated that Jordan’s security is a priority. He pointed out that closing the northern and northeastern borders does not reflect a shift in the Kingdom’s humanitarian stand in support of refugees, but is meant for security reasons as some of the refugees in a camp across the border had “suspicious intentions”.

The king concluded his speech saying that Jordan has been affected by the Syrian refugee burden more than any other country, but “enough is enough. The world has failed to do what ought to be done, and it is time for it to shoulder its responsibility”.

Jordan has hosted 1.39 million Syrian refugees since the beginning of the Syrian crisis which led to lack of resources and a financial crisis due to overburdening the infrastructure.

For their part, Balqa community leaders took turn to present their demands in various fields and other issues of concern to the country and the area.