Amman, (Petra) -- His Majesty
King Abdullah II on Sunday thanked members
of the Lower House of Parliament for their
efforts during the house's extraordinary
session during which they passed a package
of legislation pertaining to the development
of the judiciary.
During a meeting with the
house speaker, members of the permanent
office, and heads of committees at the Al
Husseiniya Palace, King Abdullah emphasized
the importance of coordination and cooperation
between the parliament and government to
serve citizens' interests.
His Majesty said the legislative
performance of the parliament during the
current session was up to expectations,
pointing out that having efficient parliamentary
committees contributes to developing the
chamber's performance and enhancing its
legislative and supervisory role.
"You have challenges,
especially the economic one, but we are
moving in the right direction," the
King told the lawmakers, adding: "It
is not always easy to solve problems as
quickly as we want, but we must always think
about how to move forward."
His Majesty stressed that
the legislature and the government must
always work together to pass important laws
without delay to overcome difficult challenges
at the local and regional levels.
He hailed the team spirit
and effective coordination various state
institutions maintained in the past period.
Speaking about municipal and
local councils elections slated for August
15, King Abdullah said the polls will help
in better identifying development priorities
in the various regions of the Kingdom.
On Jerusalem ad the Palestinian
cause, the King said there will be no breakthrough
in the peace process, if there is no U.S.
commitment to supporting a solution to the
"Without the Hashemite
custodianship and the steadfastness of the
Jerusalemites, the holy sites would have
been lost many years ago", His Majesty
said, asserting: "Our success requires
one stand with the Palestinian brothers,
so that our cause wouldn't be weakened and
our rights would be maintained."
He warned that the future
of the Palestinian issue is at stake and
reaching a solution is becoming even more
difficult. In this context, King Abdullah
called for more efforts and intensive work
with the U.S. administration to make the
necessary progress in the coming period.
The King also spoke about
yesterday's shooting incident in the southern
governorate of Ma'an where a policeman was
killed and said security agencies are a
red line and that the rule of law must always
Speaker of the Lower House
of Parliament Atef Tarawneh said the house
will remain committed to its legislative
and supervisory role, expressing appreciation
for His Majesty's keenness to communicate
Heads of the House's
committees reviewed legislative achievements
they had accomplished in the legal, economic,
administrative, educational, youth, women,
culture, health, agriculture, labor, energy,
transport and tourism fields.