Video Speeches by the President of Armenia and the King of Jordan
King Abdullah of Jordan Visits Armenia
His Majesty King Abdullah II, delivered a speech in the capital Yerevan today, addressing the Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, academics and diplomats in Armenia, during a dialogue session; in presence of His Highness Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, His Highness Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed, His Majesty’s Senior Adviser for Religious and Cultural Affairs and his Personal Envoy.
His Majesty’s King Abdullah sees similarities in both countries
source: Jordan News Agency
“In the name of our Merciful God,
Thank you so much. Allow me, on behalf of our delegation, to express our deep appreciation for the warm hospitality with which you received us here in Armenia.
Our visit to Yerevan, one of the oldest cities in the world, which is at the same time the capital of a young and vibrant country, reminds me of a lot of my beloved country, Jordan.
Our countries and peoples have gained their own place in today’s world while adhering to their identity, culture, and beliefs. The human potential in Jordan, as well as in Armenia, is the main drive towards progress. Our two countries have a great opportunity to benefit from cooperation and build on this promising potential.
King Abdullah Loyal to History and Optimist about the future
Although this is the first visit to your beautiful country, we feel like we are among our family. In fact, we are a family.
These family ties date back more than 100 years, as His Excellency the President mentioned when my grandfather Sharif Al-Hussein Bin Ali applied the two great commandments that Islam and Christianity share, which is the love of God and love of the neighbor, giving the Armenian Christian families who were seeking help, a safe haven. As for my grandfather, and for my father, and for me, there is no alternative to lending a hand to those who need it. It is an obligation that Jordan continues to comply.
Thousands of Jordanians have roots in Armenia. They are a source of pride for both countries and play vital roles in the arts, education, public service, business, and many other sectors. They form the bedrock of our friendship that continues to grow and flourish.
As the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan prepares to celebrate its first centenary, we look with pride at the role that Jordanians of Armenian descent have always played, alongside all Jordanians, in the pursuit of progress and prosperity for our homeland.
But our common history extends further, as Armenians in the Middle East are part of the world’s oldest Christian community. They are an integral part of our region’s past and have contributed to shaping its civilization. We look forward to working with you to continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the present of our region and building its bright future.
Armenian presence strengthens the coexistence of the region
In Jordan, the Armenian Orthodox Church “Saint Garabet” stands at the site of the baptism of Jesus, peace be upon him, as a witness to the continuous Armenian history in our country. Personally, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to support the rehabilitation of the site of the Baptism of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him), a site of great importance to Muslims and Christians.
In Jerusalem, the Armenian neighborhood has been a part of the city’s history for several centuries. The Armenian Patriarchate is one of the churches that are protected under the covenant age, which represents a legacy of Christian and Islamic coexistence that dates back more than a thousand and three hundred years, to the era of Caliph Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may God be pleased with him. This legacy continues today, embodying the Hashemite guardianship of Islamic and Christian sanctities in Jerusalem, a duty that I am proud of performing. I especially cherish the responsibility of looking after the Holy Places of the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem entrusted to me.
Jerusalem holds great historical importance for me and my family, but it is also a holy city for the followers of the three monotheistic religions, and everyone has an interest and responsibility in preserving the spirituality, peace, and coexistence that the city represents, so we cannot allow the Holy City to turn into a hotbed of violence and division, so it is necessary to preserve its identity and Legal status, as well as the current historical situation regarding both Islamic and Christian holy sites. We look to Christian leaders and friends like you and around the world to work with us to preserve Jerusalem as a city that brings us together and a symbol of peace.
Today I have spoken of our deep friendship, rooted in a rich history. The Jordanians of Armenian origins have set an example for the past century, which proves that friendship and brotherhood always prevail. And in the days and months to come, we hope that we can write a new chapter together, one that builds on the friendship that started long ago, and carries new partnerships and horizons for our peoples.