Prince Charles begins official visit to the Middle East: day one in Jordan

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The Prince of Wales arrived in the Middle East for a six-day tour that begins in Jordan on Saturday.
Prince Charles is visiting at the request of Her Majesty’s Government, and will carry out official visits to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Qatar and the United Arab Emirates from Saturday 7th February to Thursday 12th February 2015.
His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammed and Her Majesty’s ambassador to Jordan Peter Millett greeted Charles on his arrival.

A ceremonial guard of honour saluted Charles as he made his way down the path.

Charles’s arrival comes only days after Jordan learned of the murder of 27-year-old pilot, Lt. Moath al-Kasasbeh, in the village of Ay in Karak governorate. ISIS had burned the captive Jordanian pilot to death.

Jordanian authorities believe ISIS killed Lt. Moath al-Kasasbeh a month before the videos release.

Following his arrival, Charles met Christian refugees from Iraq at the British ambassador’s residence in Amman.

Commenting on ISIS, The Prince said: “This is what I think must be the worst of horrors – when all the people you lived with, side by side, and have always been friendly [with], suddenly totally change.”

Charles has previously raised the difficulty of Orthodox Christians who have fled Iraq and Syria because of ISIS, seeking protection in the UK.

Charles made a visit to the Syrian Orthodox Church, St Thomas Cathedral in Acton in December 2014. Whilst there, he will met members of the Iraqi and Syrian congregation who have first-hand experience of persecution. In December 2013 The Prince and HRH Prince Ghazi of Jordan visited the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre in Stevenage and the Syrian Orthodox Church in Acton.

On Sunday, during the bilateral talks with King Abdullah, Charles will convey Britain’s sympathy and unity with Jordan in the fight against ISIS when he meets with the King.

Joining The Prince of Wales in Jordan is the UK’s International Development Secretary Justine Greening.

King Abdullah II, who trained at Sandhurst, is a friend of Prince Charles.

The Prince has previously made three official visits to Jordan, in 1993, 2004 and 2013.

The visit will continue when Charles makes a stop in Kuwait stop on 9th February. The Prince will continue his visit with stops in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

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