Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh, accompanied by a number of ministers, paid a visit to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in Amman Monday, May 3, and offered wishes on the advent of the Feast of Easter.
In remarks during a meeting with Greek Orthodox Archbishop Christophoros Atallah and church heads and representatives, the prime minister said that all Jordanians live in "harmony, solidarity and brotherhood that binds us all, both Muslim and Christian, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein."
"We are all partners in this country, celebrating religious holidays together and exchanging well wishes on these cherished occasions," he said, adding that Jordan will fend off any attempt to discriminate between "the members of the one society."
Khasawneh said that His Majesty King Abdullah, the custodian of the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, lives up to the responsibility of preserving the identity and status of the holy city of Jerusalem and protect its people.
He pointed to the key role of churches, in cooperation with the Waqf (endowments) department in Jerusalem and Arab people in the city, in supporting the Hashemite custodianship, pledging that Jordan will stand up against all unilateral attempts to change the historical status quo in Jerusalem by all political and legal means.
Archbishop Atallah pointed to the model of Muslim-Christian coexistence in Jordan, which, he said, existed for 1,400 years, reaffirming the Christians' pride in His Majesty King Abdullah’s custodianship of the Jerusalem holy places. He also commended the government's measures to counter the coronavirus pandemic and provide a safe environment for worship and prayers.