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.