King meets notables of the Hweitat tribe

04 April 2011

Jordan will always be a nation of freedom, justice and equality and surmount its challenges, His Majesty King Abdullah said on Monday.

Speaking at a meeting with over 2,000 notables and representatives of the Hweitat tribe in Maan Governorate's Al Husainiah District in the presence of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein, King Abdullah said it was important to preserve national unity and confront attempts to harm it or to tamper with the country's security.

The King said Jordan continue reform and modernisation according to a clear vision so as to build the future that citizens deserve and provide a decent living for all.

He also stressed his confidence in all Jordanians and their loyalty, pointing out that morale and determination will remain strong to attain the aspirations of young people.
He emphasised that Jordan honours the Hweitat tribe's role in the Great Arab Revolt, which aimed at preserving the freedom and unity of Arabs and protecting human dignity.

He said Jordan will overcome the difficult economic conditions in the country and that the Badia will be a special focus of development with the region being given priority in investment projects to encourage better distribution of development benefits.

He added that the region's needs will be studied by the government, the army and the Royal Court.

Tribal leader Sultan Feisal Al Jazi said the Southern Badia tribes will not allow harm to come to Jordan.

“We want to preserve the security, stability and resources of the country,” he said, noting that the region is witnessing fast-paced developments. “Those on the other side should believe this, and know that we in the Southern Badia have never had to renew our allegiance as we never withdrew our allegiance.”

Sheikh Fahed Al Jazi highlighted the importance of supporting the development of public institutions in the area, which is in need of a military hospital.

Sheikh Fahed called for the establishment of a local faculty affiliated with Al Hussein University, adding that the tribe has donated a plot of land for that purpose.

Sheikh Fahed also called for the extension of makruma (an endowment) to enable 100 students from the area to pursue higher education.

Also important, he said, is the development of the agricultural sector and support for water harvesting projects in the area. He said that sheep breeders are facing difficulties due to the high prices of fodder and the lack of natural pastures.

Ali Al Thiabat, who represented the tribe's youth, highlighted the important role the younger generation plays in reform and development, adding that their role is constructive.