Jordanian King Abdullah II on Saturday named the Arab Spring as the “voice of
He called it a reason to stand proud, but not to stand
still in its efforts for reform, democracy and peace, Al-Arabiya TV
Opening the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North
Africa at the King Hussein Convention Center on the Dead Sea, 40 km. southwest
of Amman, on Saturday, on Jordanian Independence Day, he said reform was an
ongoing process across the region.
“The Arab Spring and its call for
human dignity has become the voice of our century,” Abdullah said. “This is a
reason to stand proud, but we cannot stand still. Reform, democracy and peace
are always a work in progress.”
Commenting on the crisis in Syria, the
king said that he expects the number of refugees entering Jordan to double by
the end of the year.
“Our Jordanian population is now hosting 10 percent
of its size in Syrian refugees,” he said.
“In Syria, a political solution
is urgently needed to stop that country’s dangerous fragmentation, and to
resolve the dire refugee crisis,” he added.
assistance from the global community is vital. But what’s ultimately needed is
an immediate end to the violence, so all the Syrian people can rebuild their