His Majesty King Abdullah, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF)-Arab Army, on Monday reaffirmed his pride in the JAF, noting that Jordanians are all proud of the army.
During a visit to the General Command of the JAF on the 65th anniversary of the Arabization of Army leadership, King Abdullah thanked all those who have served since the founding of the state, adding that he is proud to be part of the story of the Arab Army.
His Majesty said the anniversary of the Arabization of army leadership gains added importance as it coincides with the state’s centennial this year, Petra news agency reported.
At a meeting with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Major General Yousef Hneiti and Senior JAF Officers, the King noted the army’s key role in protecting Jordan over the past 100 years, stressing that Jordan has always stood in support of the Palestinians and safeguarding Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian holy sites, as it has also supported Arab brethren against terrorism and extremism and assisted with peace-keeping efforts around the world.
Major General Hneiti said the decision to Arabize army leadership was a bold step to maintain the Arab identity of the military, expressing appreciation of His Majesty’s attention to the JAF and army personnel, active and retired.
During the visit, the King honored two veterans who were born in the same year the state was founded, and were serving at the time of the Arabization of the leadership of the army.
His Majesty paid tribute to the sacrifices of retired servicemen and veterans in service of the homeland and its prosperity.