His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces on Sunday, attended at the Martyrs Memorial in the presence of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein, a ceremony that was held Sunday by the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army on the occasion of His Majesty’s coronation anniversary, Arab Revolt and Army Day.
Upon arrival, the King was welcomed by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lt. General Mahmoud Freihat, Heads of security departments, and the Director of the Martyrs Memorial, Petra News Agency reported.
The King received an official welcome that included a 21-gun salute by the artillery. He was also greeted by a guard of honor as a military band played the national anthem of Jordan.
His Majesty laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and recited verses from the holy Quran. He also toured the various sections of the memorial.
His Majesty also bestowed medals upon a number of army, public security, intelligence and gendarmerie personnel in recognition of their distinguished efforts and sacrifices to preserve security in the country.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE, early Monday, pledged $2.5 billion aid package to support Jordan’s economy, according to a communiqué released at the end of a meeting attended by His Majesty King Abdullah and HRH Crown Prince Hussein.
The package of aid will include a deposit at the Central Bank of Jordan, guarantees to the World Bank in favor of Jordan, annual support for the budget of the Jordanian government for five years as well as funding of development projects by development funds in the three countries.
Following the meeting, His Majesty King Abdullah II, thanked King Salman Bin Abdulaziz for holding the summit and for Kuwait and UAE for responding to the invitation, expressing appreciation for the aid that would help Jordan overcome its economic crisis.
King Abdullah stressed the deep brotherly and historic ties between Jordan and the Gulf countries participating in Mecca meeting, which are always keen to support Arab countries to achieve prosperity for their people.
King Salman has called for a meeting in Mecca in response to the “economic crisis” sparked by peaceful protests last week in Jordan.
The meeting was also attended by the King’s Advisor, the King’s Office Director, His Majesty’s Advisor for Economic Affairs and Jordan’s Ambassador in Riyadh.