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King to Patronize the Extraordinary Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum
Amman, 28 April 2003

Under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, The World Economic Forum will convene an extraordinary meeting in Jordan from 21 to 23 June.

The meeting, which will be under the theme “Visions for the Shared Future,” will bring together more that 1900 business, political, religious, academic and other leaders from around the world.

Among the key issues that will be discussed in the meetings of the Forum is the need to open a new page in international relations. The discussions will include exchanges on such vital issues as the state of transatlantic relations, the future of the Middle East, the need to improve global economic performance and the efforts to build a world more secure for all citizens.

“This event is taking place at a crucial time for the Middle East and for the world,” said His Majesty King Abdullah II, who will host the three-day meeting. “Let us refocus our energies on peace. It is time to show the world that the Middle East is ready for reform, development and growth. It is time to redouble our efforts to make sure there is peace in the region.”

Klaus Schwab, Founder and President of the World Economic Forum affirmed the importance of dialogue among world leaders. “We need to remind our selves of our common destiny as citizens of the world. We want to facilitate a dialogue in which business, political and religious leaders from all countries can redefine the values they share and hash out a common vision of the future.” Schwab said.

Schwab added that Jordan is a very appropriate place to begin this important dialogue because the country is a leader in political, economic and social reforms in the Middle East.

“We very much appreciate the positive role that Jordan has played in the quest for peace, and the leadership that His Majesty King Abdullah II has demonstrated,” he said.