A Special bond
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond vowed to strengthen the “long and deep” ties between the UK and Jordan as the Arab country celebrated its 70th year of independence and the Centenary of the Arab Revolt. “We have celebrated a close relationship that goes back all the way to the great Arab revolt when Lawrence of Arabia fought next to Prince Faisal,” he pointed out. “Ours is a partnership covering all areas of cooperation, from security to prosperity,” said Mr Hammond who went on to praise Jordan’s leadership and “extraordinary generosity” in dealing with the current refugee crises, housing 600 000 Syrians to date.
“For 150 years Jordan has been a sanctuary for everyone seeking refuge from harm,” added Ambassador Mazen al-Homoud. “Never has our door been shut in the face of those seeking a better life.”
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