AMMAN — King Abdullah on Monday stressed the need to increase international efforts to ensure a comprehensive and lasting resolution of the Palestinian issue.
During talks with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, the King also expressed Jordan’s concerns over the increase in the severity of violence in Syria.
He also outlined Jordan’s steps to implement reforms.
Hague commended the Kingdom’s reform endeavour and voiced appreciation for Jordan’s role in pushing for peace in the Middle East, a Royal Court statement said.
The British diplomat held a dinner banquet in honour of His Majesty and the accompanying delegation.
During a meeting earlier on Monday with members of the foreign affairs and defence committees at the House of Commons, the King said UK’s efforts are needed to push the Middle East peace process forward towards the two-state solution, according to the Royal Court.
Talks during the meeting also covered the latest regional developments in the wake of the Arab Spring.
His Majesty warned against the “deteriorating situation” in Syria and the increase in violence there.
He said international and regional efforts must be increased to help prevent the “catastrophic” repercussions of the crisis that may push everyone into a “dark tunnel”.
The King also briefed the British lawmakers on the Kingdom’s reform drive, expressing appreciation for the UK’s support to Jordan.
The committee members commended Jordan’s efforts to achieve reform and ensure peace and stability in the region, pledging to develop bilateral cooperation.
Earlier on Monday His Majesty said that there will be no security or stability in the Middle East until the Palestinian issue is resolved conclusively.
In remarks during a lecture at the British Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), the King reiterated the centrality of the Palestinian issue, the Royal Court statement.
He stressed that a final solution must be reached to meet the aspirations of the Palestinian people in establishing their independent state on their national soil.
His Majesty also stressed Jordan’s support for a political solution to the Syrian crisis and the efforts exerted by the Arab League-UN envoy, Kofi Annan, to end the bloodshed and maintain the unity and cohesion of Syria and its people.
In a conversation that followed the lecture, the King responded to questions of students and professors of the college, which was established in 1927 and is one of the most prominent colleges focusing on defence and security issues in the world.
RCDS Commandant David Bill announced that the college has granted the King honorary membership in recognition of his strategic thinking and his experience in dealing with Middle East issues and global challenges.
The Monarch was also granted the membership due to his major contributions and efforts to achieve peace and security in the world, Bill said.
He noted that the lectures delivered by the King at the college enrich its curriculum, providing students with the opportunity to get acquainted with the major issues and challenges facing the Middle East.
The lecture constitutes a key part of the RCDS’ postgraduate-level course in strategic leadership and international strategic studies, which includes students from various countries.