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King continues meetings over reform path

By JT - Jan 17,2013 - Last updated at Jan 17,2013

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Thursday met with another group of public figures as part of off-the-record meetings with representatives of all sectors in the country, a source familiar with the meeting told The Jordan Times.

The meeting was hosted by veteran politician and former foreign minister Marwan Al Qassem. Attendees included Islamist leader Abdul Latif Arabiyat, former Royal Court chief and minister Adnan Abu Oudeh and prominent academic and historian Adnan Bakhit, among other former top officials and politicians.

According to the source, His Majesty “reviewed local and regional developments”.

On political reform, he stressed the importance of working with parliamentary blocs after the January 23 elections, adding that the coming stage, which will witness the emergence of parliamentary governments, will be very vital in Jordan’s political history.

In this context, the participants commended the content of the second discussion paper King Abdullah released to trigger a wider public debate over democratic transformation, published Thursday.

The attendees raised during the discussion several issues of national concern, calling for enhancing citizen-state trust, more social equality and drafting long-term strategies that do not change with the change of officials in charge.

They also highlighted national unity and good governance as essential and the need to benefit from people with wide experiences in the various fields.

The discussion also covered mega-projects designed to meet the energy challenge, according to the source. 

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