Published on Feb 14, 2014
جلالة الملك عبدالله الثاني يخاطب طلبة جامعة فرجينيا تك من واشنطن يوم الخميس قبيل ذهابه إلى كاليفورنيا للقاء الرئيس باراك أوباما بعد تلقيه دعوة عبر اليوتيوب من طلبة الجامعة، قسم الجغرافيا، لإلقاء محاضرة عن التطورات في الشرق الأوسط.
His Majesty King Abdullah II Message to the Students of Virginia Tech
Video: Prof Boyer & class request King Abdullah II of Jordan to visit
His Majesty King Abdullah II:
"Professor Boyer, students of Virginian Tech: thank you very much for your warm and very enthusiastic invitation to come and visit you. Unfortunately, I think, one of us had been beaten by the snow storm.
And actually, here in Washington DC, we cannot make it out to meet you this afternoon.
I am very sorry; I would have been delighted to have had the opportunity to be with you.
Geography has always been a something that is very close to my heart. I started a military career as a very young man. And I also had the opportunity to travel with His Majesty the late King Hussein to many distant places; and I was always enamored with the different cultures and different sites and sounds and smells of different places through my travels.
But, the one thing that I will always take away from that, at the end of the day, with all the difficulties that faces so many different countries, people are the same in the world all over and people are good.
And the other thing that geography told me is how interconnected everything is, and unfortunately that was one of the things, I kind of, wanted to talk to you about. Obviously, the major challenges that we have in our part of the world do affect US policy, and US policy does affect the rest of the world. Unfortunately, we have not had the opportunity to be able to discuss these issues, but definitely Professor Boyer next time I am in the States, I will make it a priority to drop by Virginia Tech and hopefully have an opportunity to meet with you and meet with your students.
I would also like to reach out to our Jordanian students there at Virginia Tech and give them a warm and proud Marhaba مرحبا and to say how proud we all are back at Jordan.
And Professor, for you and for your class: We would love to extend a warm hospitality to you and your students in Jordan, so you can meet the bright and young Jordanian minds that we have in our country, so we can build those bridges of understanding and friendship. So, if there is anything we can do in the future; please do get in touch with us.
You have made an impact with your appeal, and I do hope that our paths cross in the near future. So, please stay warm; stay safe; and I hope that we will be together soon.
Thank you very much."
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