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Jordan’s king meets with Islamists on reform moves

AFP, AMMAN

Jordan’s King Abdullah II acknowledged on Thursday in a meeting with Islamist leaders that reforms have “decelerated and stumbled,” and pledged “serious steps” for change, the palace said.

“Jordan’s reform drive has decelerated and stumbled, which cost the country a lot of chances to achieve progress,” a statement quoted the king as telling leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm the Islamic Action Front (IAF). “My vision for comprehensive reforms and modernization must be translated into practical and serious steps focusing on all Jordanians and the country’s interests.”

The king said he saw a “true chance for comprehensive reforms, which should be a constant approach in Jordan for a better future,” the statement said.

Representatives of the Islamists, who are pushing for more political and economic reforms, called the meeting “positive.”

“Our meeting with the king was positive, but I don’t want to give details now before the party meets to evaluate the situation,” said Zaki Bani Rsheid, a member of the IAF executive council.

“The party will issue a statement later,” he said.

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