JORDAN KING CONGRATULATES IRAQI PRESIDENT ON NEW GOVERNMENT

AMMAN, Aug 14 — King Abdullah II sent a letter to Iraqi President Fuad Masum congratulating him for entrusting Dr. Haider al-Abadi with forming the new Iraqi government.

In his letter, the King stressed Jordan’s full support to Iraq and its commitment towards its unity, noting that the formation of the new government is an important and serious step along the path of building Iraq, enabling it to enhance its unity, achieving reconciliation among all its segments, fulfilling aspirations of its people in the spirit of pluralism and democracy and to ensure a prosperous future so that Iraq can play its vital role at regional and international levels.

“We voice our full confidence in the awareness and cohesiveness of the Iraqi people and its ability to overcome challenges and preserve its unity,” the King added, noting that Jordan, which has historical and strong brotherly ties with Iraq, will always remain its strong supporter and its stances will be in the interest of its people.

Jordan, His Majesty said, will support efforts to strengthen Iraq’s internal front and ensure the participation of everyone in a national political process that enhances the feeling that they are true partners in building their country and its future.

King Abdullah stressed the importance of continuing coordination and consultations with Iraq and boost relations in all fields in the interest of both the peoples.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah received at the Al Husseiniya Palace on Wednesday Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil.

During the meeting, which focused on the latest developments in the region, the King reiterated Jordan’s support to efforts that aim at addressing challenges facing the Middle East and achieving security and stability for its people, especially in the light of the increasing violence, extremism and terrorism.

His Majesty highlighted the strong ties between Jordan and Lebanon as well as the need to further boost them and help Lebanon in addressing various challenges to ensure its unity, security and stability.

On Syria, the King and Bassil stressed the importance of arriving at a political solution that ends the sufferings of the Syria people and increasing international support to countries hosting Syrian refugees, mainly Jordan and Lebanon, which now host the largest number of those refugees.

The Lebanese minister conveyed to His Majesty the greetings of Lebanese Prime Minister Tamam Salam as well as Lebanon’s appreciation for Jordan’s role under the King’s leadership to achieve security and stability in the region and for the King’s efforts to enhance religious dialogue and tolerance and combat violence and extremism.

Bassil said that Lebanon was keen to enhance cooperation with Jordan and maintain coordination and consultations on various issues of common interest.

The meeting was attended by the Royal Court chief, the foreign minister, the director of the King’s Office and the Lebanese ambassador in Amman.

SOURCE: PETRA