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On July 10, King Abdullah of Jordan and Queen Rania participated in the Idaho-based Sun Valley Economic Forum, an event held annually since 1983 "with the participation of leading figures and businesspeople from around the world who convene to discuss global economic and political challenges," the Jordan Times said.
In May, the King and Israeli President Shimon Peres have discussed the future of peace at a World Economic Forum (WEF) event at the Dead Sea in Jordan. The King said "that across the region, the potential to bring about real positive change is unprecedented," meanwhile urging more world engagement in peacemaking. "The world community must pull together for an immediate end to the violence, and a political solution that lets the Syrian people rebuild their future," Abdullah said.
Hardly a month and a half later, after evidence provided by the West and Russia – yet with different interpretations – proved the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the Jordanian leader sounded more pessimistic, saying that the aggravation of the Syrian crisis – plus "the burdens Jordan has borne as a result," – and the ongoing stalemate in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process pose "enormous challenges" to the Middle East.
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