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King discusses reform process with military retirees

By JT - Jan 20,2013 - Last updated at Jan 20,2013

AMMAN — Continuing his outreach efforts to meet with representatives of all sectors in the country, His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday held an off-the-record meeting with a group of retired servicemen.

The gathering was hosted by veteran Lt. Gen. Fadil Fahid (retd) at his house, a source familiar with the meeting told The Jordan Times.

His Majesty talked about regional challenges, chiefly the situation in Syria and the burden Jordan is carrying, according to the source.

The King stressed the importance of the stage that comes right after the January 23 elections, namely the formation of the next government in consultation with parliament.

He also stressed the need to encourage young people to work and deal with the culture of shame, adding that “we need training programmes to polish their skills”.

The King also highlighted “the importance of the national integrity system” in fighting corruption.

In line with the King’s comments, the participants talked about various issues of national interest, calling for long-term strategies that do not change with the change of officials leading them, pointing to the need to improve the performance of government institutions.

The attendees commended the content of the second discussion paper King Abdullah released last Thursday to trigger a wider public debate over democratic transformation and said it was the “roadmap to the future”.

They also stressed the need to provide support to retired servicemen’s organisations, incubate small enterprises, and speed up the pace of the fight against corruption.

The attendees highlighted issues including national unity, good governance and the media and its regulations.

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