His Majesty King Abdullah II has said that “we are proud in this country of the values of love, tolerance and peace that we share”. He added that Jordan has become a model for coexistence, fraternity and moderation.
During a meeting in Al Husseiniya Palace on Wednesday, September 7, with members of the Middle East Council of Churches– in the presence of HRH Prince Ghazi Bin Mohammad, Chief Advisor to His Majesty King Abdullah II for Religious and Cultural Affairs and Personal Envoy of the King–His Majesty said that Arabs, whether Muslims or Christians, face the same challenges in light of the current situation in the region, and share the responsibility in addressing these challenges.
The King’s meeting with the delegation of Christian religious leaders coincides with the 11th General Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches that is held for the first time in Jordan with the participation of heads of churches in the Middle East, and members of the general assembly representing Christian sects.
“Christians in the Arab world are an integral part of the Arab social fabric and protecting their rights is a duty of all,” he said.
King Abdullah reviewed efforts that have been exerted by Jordan in this regard including initiatives and religious conferences such as the conference on the challenges facing Arab Christians, in order to boost dialogue, understanding and co-existence.
Members of the council stressed that Jordan, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II, represents a unique model for co-existence between Muslims and Christians.
They also praised His Majesty’s vision to enhance dialogue between followers of different religions, and launch initiatives and dialogues to enhance tolerance and co-existence.
During its three-day meeting in Amman, the council will discuss issues pertaining to Christians’ presence in the region, challenges facing them in light of the current situation in the Middle East, as well as the role and future message of the council.