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The King in Europe: connotations and indicators

Jordan's King Abdullah II speaks to the press before a meeting with US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, on Capitol Hill July 22, 2021, in Washington, DC. [BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images]
Jordan's King Abdullah II speaks to the press before a meeting with US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, on Capitol Hill July 22, 2021, in Washington, DC. [BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images]

The King is in Europe is not a headline or analysis but, rather, a summary of a political state His Majesty King Abdullah II is establishing during a politically, economically and even socially critical phase. The King's tour of several European countries, which His Majesty began on Monday, heading to Austria, bears important connotations and fundamental messages to change the shape of many events in the region, foremost of which is the Palestinian cause.

His Majesty's tour, which includes Poland, Germany and the United Kingdom, in addition to Austria, includes many important files, beginning with a discussion of bilateral relations and ways to expand cooperation with these countries, as well as the latest developments in the regional and international arenas. This is in addition to His Majesty's participation in the Climate Summit (COP26), which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland. These details hold a large number of important files that make them the most important matters in the current stage of the Arab and international political events. The contents of the visit are of great importance, and timing multiplies the importance, as the timing carries important connotations as well.

During his tour, His Majesty the King, reiterates the Jordanian constants, the application of which leads to the achievement of comprehensive and just peace, not only in Palestine and the Arab region, but in the world. His Majesty stresses the importance of working towards achieving a just and comprehensive peace on the basis of the two-state solution, which guarantees the establishment of an independent, sovereign and viable Palestinian state on the 4 June, 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital. He has also called for the need to intensify efforts to reach a two-state solution, as it is the only way to achieve security, stability and lasting peace in the region.

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His Majesty also confirms that Jordan will continue to exert all efforts to protect Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, given the Hashemite custodianship over these holy sites. In addition to this, His Majesty also stressed the importance of supporting the UNRWA, to enable it to continue providing its educational and health services in accordance with its international mandate. In doing so, His Majesty is placing Palestine on European platforms as an issue to be resolved in accordance with His Majesty's visions, which will lead to peace and end many current problems, both on the Arab and international levels.

On the same European platforms, His Majesty will convey the Arab voice to European countries, stressing the need to reach political solutions to the crises in the region that restore security and stability to its peoples, making His Majesty the voice of truth in the world and the voice of reason, security and peace in his serious quest for peace. He aims to keep the Arab region under the microscope of the world and Europe, by making the Arab voice heard in all decision-making capitals and presenting a clearer and more accurate vision of the regional and Palestinian reality.

The agenda of His Majesty the King's tour to a number of European countries carries with it various issues, including bilateral issues between Jordan and these countries, as well as regional and international politics, in addition to the files of the stage, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue. This makes the visit of great importance in terms of its significance and timing, especially given the crises that the region is going through and the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. There is no doubt that this tour will have many tangible benefits and positive effects locally, in the Arab region and on an international level, reflecting on all the issues. It will start a new political and economic situation with the Royal vision of His Majesty the King, rich with different thoughts and practical illumination of all the issues of this particularly difficult stage.

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This article first appeared in Arabic in Addustour on 27 October 2021

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