King’s initiative to support Jordan praised


Saudi Gazette report

— The Arab Parliament praised the initiative of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to host a meeting in Makkah on Sunday to support Jordan overcome the economic crisis it is going through and maintain its security and stability.

In a statement on Saturday, Arab Parliament Speaker Dr. Mishaal Al-Salami thanked the King for his efforts to support Jordan.

The Board of Senior Scholars also expressed appreciation for the concern of King Salman to host Jordan, Kuwait, and the UAE to discuss the means to support Jordan.

In a statement the board said the King’s concern for the Ummah shows his sincere stand which emanates from the Kingdom’s principles based on religion unifying the ranks of the Ummah, consolidating its cohesion in line with the teachings of the Qura’n which calls on Muslims to hold on to Allah’s rope and not be divided.

A Saudi Royal Court statement said earlier on Saturday that King Salman called the leaders of the three nations for the meeting.

“Emanating from his care for Arab nations as well as his keenness to maintain security and stability, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has been following the economic crisis in Jordan and made telephone calls to King Abdullah of Jordan, Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for a meeting in Makkah,” said the statement.

“They agreed to hold a meeting in Makkah on Sunday to discuss the means of supporting Jordan to overcome its current crisis,” the statement carried by Saudi Press Agency said.

Jordan is struggling to curb its debt after securing a $723-million loan from the International Monetary Fund in 2016.

Austerity measures tied to the loan have seen prices of basic necessities rise across the kingdom — culminating in a week of angry protests over tax proposals that forced prime minister Hani Mulki to resign.

The authorities on Thursday announced they were withdrawing the unpopular legislation, but still face a mammoth task to balance popular demands with the need to reduce the public debt burden.

The World Bank says Jordan has “weak growth prospects” this year, while 18.5 percent of the working age population is unemployed.

Saudi Arabia and the United States are two of the major donors providing vital economic assistance to Jordan. — With agencies