It is not a novel event that King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein receives a prestigious award in appreciation for his efforts designed to encourage interfaith dialogue and harmony, as well as to promote opportunities for the attainment of peace and receiving refugees. This award follows the time when His Majesty had earlier won "The Zayed Award for Human Fraternity" in Abu Dhabi, the "Lamp of Peace Award" in Assisi, Italy, and "The Templeton Prize for Interfaith Harmony Efforts" in Washington. This time he stands at a podium in New York, close to the headquarters of the United Nations General Assembly, to receive a new award called "The Path to Peace Award", while being accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah.
A new impression about this award is that it is presented by the Path to Peace Foundation which was affiliated with the Permanent Holy See Mission in 1964. In 1991, the Path of Peace Foundation became an offshoot of the Holy See Mission to the United Nations. It aims at spreading the message of peace by which the Catholic Church, through the words and activities of the Pontiff or rather the Pope. The foundation, primarily directs its activities to the international stage of the United Nations, and bestows an annual award on a personality that has landmarks in consolidating the foundations of peace in the world since 1994. Boutros Ghali, the former secretary general of the United Nations, was the first person to receive it.
As we nowadays remark the bestowal of the award on His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen--while UN Secretary General António Guterres received it last year--we affirm that His Majesty’s selection for receiving this award was based on several factors, including the religious nature of His Majesty’s activities by urging the international community to use the correct, healthy, and proper use of religion in the service of peace and harmony rather than in support of division and strife. This is what we have experienced in recent years when terrorist groups were dealing blows in the world, but the King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein's current continued to confront these extremist currents to tell the world that religion is innocent of terrorism, and that it is in the service of peace and harmony.