WEF's global reconciliation summit in Jordan to consolidate MidEast dialogue

World Economic Forum President Klaus Schwab welcomed the recent Aqaba summit in Jordan and Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, emphasizing their significance for the Forum’s Global Reconciliation Summit in Jordan (21-23 June).

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  June 10, 2003

World Economic Forum President Klaus Schwab welcomed the recent Aqaba summit in Jordan and Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, emphasizing their significance for the Forum’s Global Reconciliation Summit in Jordan (21-23 June).

“When we embarked on this Summit some two months ago, we invited leaders from politics, business, and civil society to create a platform for peace and development in the Middle East,” said Schwab. “We never imagined when we were planning our Summit that it would become so central to the current peace process.”

“Following the meetings with the Arab leaders and President Bush in Sharm el-Sheikh, and with the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers, Ariel Sharon and Abu Mazen, in the Jordanian port of Aqaba, the World Economic Forum is aiming to add momentum to the peace process,” he said.

Schwab confirmed that the sponsors of the road map for peace, “the Quartet”, would now meet at the Summit to look at the next phase.

Under the theme “Visions for a Shared Future”, the Forum’s Summit is being held under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II. Speaking at a recent press conference, Bassem Awadallah, Jordan’s Minister of Planning, said “The region is passing through a crucial phase of change.” He added, “We want to harness Jordan’s moderating role, its friendly ties with all parties and its pioneering political and social model to positively influence the process of transformation in the region that will hopefully lead to peace, security and prosperity, and make a positive contribution to global development and stability.”

The World Economic Forum’s Jordan Meeting will attract 1,000 leaders from business, politics and civil society from the Arab world, from Europe and from the United States:
Representatives from both Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to meet privately during the World Economic Forum’s Jordan Summit. And members of the peace Quartet (UN, Russia, USA and EU) will attend.

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