A political victory

Khalid Dalal (Photo: Jordan News)
Khalid Dalal (Photo: Jordan News)
It is indeed a victory. How else can we describe such a large package of political achievements His Majesty King Abdullah carried home from his US visit? It was a strategic visit, with a very busy schedule, every day of which ended with new additions to His Majesty's record of success as the first leader from the region to meet the new US president and administration.اضافة اعلان

The outcome is a new chapter for Jordan in terms of its partnership with the world's super power, setting up the Kingdom to play a huge role in regional geopolitics without delay.

Let alone the fact that His Majesty had received the warmest welcome among the leaders who showed up at the White House after US President Joe Biden took office and started cleaning up the residues of his predecessor's counterproductive policies.

Look also at the large number of high-level meetings His Majesty held, the calibers of the persons he met, the nature of the statements issued by the American side after each meeting, and the significance of the issues discussed. All of these factors have made the US visit an undeniably historical one.

It is apparent that Jordan's diplomacy, led by King Abdullah, has broken free of the shackles of the former administration's reckless policies, which pushed the country into a corner, bravely defending its values and political positions that tolerate no compromise, while being aware of the price to be paid.

Coupled with the fact that the Kingdom is showing signs of victory over COVID-19, and a determination to fully recover from its repercussions, it is safe to say that this is a new day for a country that has always won the respect of many nations.

To the US, Jordan has always represented the voice of reason and wisdom in a region described by the Americans as a "tough neighborhood." Having said that, the Kingdom realizes that this is not the time for complacency, but a time to roll up its sleeves and start the hard work to deliver on two main fronts.

The first is to build on this regained status to salvage its ailing economy and advance against the formidable challenges, foremost of which are unemployment and poverty. On the home front also, the country has yet to walk the walk towards a mature, full-fledged political reform that places Jordan ahead of neighbors as a civic and democratic state.

The second front is to maximize its partnership with the US, peace-loving nations, and aspiring regional partners to lead the region out of the dark tunnel into the light of a future of economic and developmental cooperation.

Towards that end, much work is needed. There is an urgent need to put the Mideast peace process back on track, based on the two-state solution, as a prelude to a lasting and just resolution. This is not an easy task, and nor is a renewed war on terrorism, which is yet to be defeated completely, to clear the way for neighbors like Iraq to fully tap their huge potentials.

Restoring normalcy to Syria and Libya is also on the agenda and is a win-win outcome for all, which is why we expect the US to ensure for Jordan sufficient space and resources to move towards the finish line.

The clock is ticking, and there is no time to waste. Jordan has to set its priorities and start working on all these fronts. All parts of the machine should be functioning in harmony and nothing should be left for chance. Some observers are setting the timeframe for these endeavors at about three years, ending with the next US presidential elections, so let's do it before it is too late.

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