AMMAN — Alia Bouran, Jordan’s ambassador to the US, on Wednesday highlighted the strong ties between the Kingdom and the United States.
“The... relationship has never been stronger with the two countries being partners and allies in promoting common global goals and facing regional challenges,” Bouran said at a reception in Washington, DC, marking three national occasions.
Held under the auspices of HRH Princess Aisha, defence attaché at the embassy, and Bouran, this year’s reception marked a celebration of three historic occasions: the 67th anniversary of Jordan’s Independence Day, His Majesty King Abdullah’s accession to the Throne, and Army Day, according to a an embassy statement.
In her welcoming remarks, Bouran pointed to President Obama’s recent visit to Amman and thanked him for his commitment to the security and stability and well-being of Jordan.
The ambassador reflected on the past 67 years since Jordan gained its independence, describing the achievements as “nothing short of outstanding and a source of pride”.
“Under the reign of His Majesty King Abdullah, Jordan opened to a diversity of global markets, excelled our knowledge economy, nurtured our entrepreneurs, and had our first elected government through an impressive process of political reform.” “Throughout our existence, tolerance, dignity, openness and respect of the others’ beliefs and values have been key principles upon which Jordan was founded and continues to build upon for the future,” Bouran said.
The ambassador also paid tribute to the Jordan Armed Forces and spoke of their adherence to high values and their professionalism and strong dedication to peacekeeping missions under the United Nations.
“They represent one of the highest worldwide presences in peacekeeping efforts,” Bouran noted.
Around 500 guests, including US officials, members of the diplomatic community in Washington, DC, business leaders, journalists and think tank scholars, Jordanians from all over the US and representatives of civil society groups, attended the reception.