On the evening of Monday, May 9, 2022, Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan received the Path to Peace Award presented by the Path to Peace Foundation affiliated with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations.
Their Majesties received the award in appreciation of their role in promoting interfaith harmony and dialogue, as well as bolstering prospects for peace, and in recognition of Jordan’s humanitarian efforts to host refugees.
According to a press release, via the Hashemite royal court, in his acceptance speech His Majesty stated:
“Our journey on the path to peace must travel through Jerusalem. Billions of people around the world hold that Holy City in their hearts. It is home to our prayers and home to our hopes.
As Custodian of its Muslim and Christian Holy Sites, I say to you all, my friends, that upholding the historical and legal status quo at these holy places is essential for peace, for harmony, and freedom of worship. Jerusalem should be an anchor for peace and coexistence, not for fear and violence.”
His Majesty also urged the international community to “…help the Palestinians and the Israelis get back to work to end the crisis to reach just and lasting peace that can provide a future of hope for both parties, based on the two-state solution, leading to the establishment of an independent, sovereign, and viable Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side-by- side with Israel in peace and security.”
[Accepting the award] on behalf of all Jordanians who uphold the historic values and noble heritage of our land, by living and working in mutual respect, by sustaining Jordan as an oasis of peace, and by reaching out in compassion to those in need, and offering sanctuary to millions of refugees over the years.”
On Friday, May 13, His Majesty King Abdullah II will meet with the President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, at the White House in Washington, D.C. The meeting will cover the strategic partnership between Jordan and the United States, and ways to bolster it across all sectors, as well as the latest regional and international developments.