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King to France 24: We want a better life for Jordan

 

 

Amman-- France 24 TV channel conducted an interview with His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday that covered a number of domestic, regional, and international issues.
 
In the interview, conducted by France 24’s Marc Perelman, King Abdullah noted that the impact of regional developments has added pressure on Jordan, stressing the importance of providing opportunities for young people.
 
In the interview, conducted by France 24’s Marc Perelman, King Abdullah noted that the impact of regional developments has added pressure on Jordan, stressing the importance of providing opportunities for young people.
 
"We do want a better life for Jordan. We are stuck in a very difficult neighbourhood the Syrian refugees have been a tremendous burden on us," His Majesty told France 24.
 
"We are saving Europe tremendous amount of pressure by looking after the refugees in our country," the King said.
 
His Majesty said Jordan is strategically committed to peace, noting that "the two-state solution in my mind, and I know in the majority of European countries, is the only way forward", and reaffirming that "moving dialogue back between the Israelis and Palestinians is essential".
 
Asked about the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, who passed away recently, the King said he was "known for being a neutral voice, a voice of reason and a leader that actually brought people together".
 
Noting that the region has the "largest youth cohort in history", His Majesty said youth want a great opportunity at life and stability, which calls on all countries to deal with economic conditions in a way "to give people a better life".
 
The King also warned against plunging the region into further instability, underscoring that "instability in our part of the world affects Europe and the rest of the globe".
 
Following is the full text of the broadcast interview:
 
Perelman: Your Majesty, you’re about to go to Europe. And among the discussions, the topics of discussions you’ll have with European leaders, clearly there will be one, and it’s a big question, a daunting question are we on the brink of an all-out war between the United States and Iran?
 
King Abdullah II: Well, I think that the quick response to that is I hope not. We will be in Brussels, Strasbourg, and Paris in the next couple of days, reaching out with our friends and the leadership of Europe to look at multiple subjects in this area and how we coordinate this region with Europe. Obviously, on the forefront of people’s minds is what is happening between Iran and the United States.
 
So far, it looks like de-escalation. We hope that that continues to be the trend. We can’t afford any instability in our part of the world. An instability in our part of the world affects Europe and the rest of the globe, so I think a lot of our discussions will be centred around Iran, but mainly around Iraq. I feel that in this last phase, at the end of the day, it’s the Iraqi people who have suffered, who have paid the price. They deserve stability; they deserve a movement to the future. And I think a lot of the discussion in Europe is how do we all embrace the Iraqi people and give them the hope of stability and a future of their nation, and all the other subjects unfortunately that are in the region that we have to discuss.
 
 

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