The Arab world has committed itself through the peace initiative to peace with Israel. So, now, must IsraelAnalysis: Cautious optimism in Middle East May 18, 2009
The discussions between the two parties were frank and positiveJordan's king visits Iraq Aug 11, 2008
Any vast Israeli military operation in Gaza poses a great danger to the security and stability in the Mideast and drastically harms efforts to achieve peaceOlmert rejects Gaza Strip invasion Jun 11, 2008
There needs to be some homework done to make sure that all of Iraqi society has a fair chance at electionsDiverse group agrees on Iraqi rule Dec 07, 2003
That is a challenge for all of us to hopefully get it right and the role of the United States is going to be crucial how the Middle East moves in what directionH. Clinton, Jordan's king meet May 16, 2011
Abdullah II bin al-Hussein OIH (Arabic: الملك عبد الله الثاني بن الحسين, al-Malik ʿAbdullāh aṯ-ṯānī bin al-Ḥusayn; born 30 January 1962) is the reigning King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He ascended the throne on 7 February 1999 after the death of his father King Hussein. King Abdullah, whose mother is Princess Muna al-Hussein, is a member of the Hashemite family. Since 1993, Abdullah has been married to Queen Rania of Jordan.
Abdullah was born in Amman to King Hussein of Jordan during his marriage to the Englishwoman Toni Gardiner Princess Muna al-Hussein. He was the king's eldest son and as such he was automatically heir apparent to the throne of Jordan under 1952 constitution. However, due to unstable times in the 1960s, King Hussein decided to appoint his brother, Prince Hassan bin Talal, as his heir.
King Abdullah II attended Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts. He joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1980, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, and served as a platoon leader in the 13th/18th Royal Hussars. In 1982, King Abdullah II attended Pembroke College at Oxford University where he completed a one-year Special Studies course in Middle Eastern Affairs. In 1987, he attended the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.