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Spring 2009 The Ambassadors REVIEW 54 Jordan and the United States: Building a Lasting Partnership Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States his year marks the 60 th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the United States. The relationship between the two countries is both strategic and warm, and it has come a long way since the early 1950s. At that time, much of what we accomplished, jointly, alas found expression only in the narrower confines of crisis management or when crises enveloped parts of the Middle East or, indeed, even Jordan itself. The arrival of the 1970s saw a transformation of this intermittent coordination, as we built a more stable foundation. And we, Jordanians, like to believe the United States began to realize then just how fundamental a successful Jordan was to the stability of the Middle East. The relationship also began to take on a much more personal flavor. His Late Majesty King Hussein was, after all, an extraordinary man; he was a leader who, by the 1970s, had developed strong personal friendships with many Americans—leaders and ordinary citizens alike. By the time His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein inherited the throne from his late father in 1999, Jordan enjoyed a strong relationship with the United States. But His Majesty, no less a remarkable leader than his father, has sought to deepen it, and to expand it further. Not only was Jordan one of the first countries to conclude a Free Trade Agreement with the United States, it also became a close ally in confronting extremism. While having a better intelligence capability or improved security measures has certainly been a large part of it, His Majesty also undertook measures on behalf of the Muslim world, to create an ideological front against extremism, and the Amman Message was subsequently launched. This year, as Jordan and the United States celebrate this 60
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