North Africa and the Middle East must cooperate – King of Jordan

By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

The King of Jordan is calling for Regional Cooperation between the Middle East and North Africa.

He was speaking during the opening the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa recently, the WEF broadcast reported.

“Political and humanitarian solution needed for Syria,” King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

While Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for investment and joint ventures in tourism, energy and industry.

WEF Chairman Klaus Schwab announced high-level meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israel’s President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

During the event which is the 67th anniversary of Jordan Independence Day, the King also noted, “Openness is a strategic choice for Jordan, but regional cooperation is the backbone of sustainable growth throughout the region,” the King said. “It is also necessary for stability and peace.”

In that context, he called for greater efforts to find a political solution in Syria to prevent further fragmentation. With Syrian refugees in Jordan now equal to 10% of the country’s population, the King called for immediate action to end the violence and start the process of rebuilding the country. The King also called for progress on what he described as the core crisis in the region: the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Photo: The King of Jordan at 2013 WEF. 25 January 2013. Author: World Economic Forum. Source:


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