UN chief calls Abdullah 'champion of peace'

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Saturday (April 6th) praised Jordan’s King Abdullah as a "champion of peace" and "a voice for inter-religious co-existence and mutual respect", the Jordanian news agency, Petra, reported.

"You have been an ally of people in need in and beyond the region," Guterres told Abdullah in remarks at the opening session of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa.

"Jordan has demonstrated exceptional generosity to people fleeing conflict and upheaval in Palestine, in Syria and elsewhere, with an enormous impact on Jordan’s economy and society," he said.

"In light of the pressures on the country, Jordan deserves strong solidarity from the international community," the UN secretary general said.

Despite challenges, the UN chief pointed to the bright picture, describing Jordan as a country with large investment opportunities for private sector-led growth.

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