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Humera 09-12-2006 06:30 PM

Working visit to New York: September 2006
King Abdullah and Queen Rania will be visiting the US in a few days where they'll be taking part in the second Clinton Global Initiative meeting, which will take place from September 20-22.

This year's event, like last year's, will be attended by many international personalities including President Musharraf of Pakistan, Kofi Annan, King Muhammad of Morocco and so on. The complete list of names can be found at the "Featured Attendees" section of the CGI website.

This year's meeting has 4 Focus Areas. Queen Rania happens to be on the advisory board for one of them: "Mitigating Religious and Ethnic Conflict"


On September 18, King Abdullah will be attending the first Arab-US Business Forum in New York - Petra article

On the same day Queen Rania will be attending a conference for UNICEF:

Unicef to hold children death conference
New York Sept. 9 (BNA) UNICEF is to conduct a conference on limiting children fatalities, mainly on poor and developing countries at its premises in New York on September 18.
The event will be attended by Queen Rania of Jordan and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg in addition to a large number of international officials and children health and nutrition experts. BNA

snowwhite 09-12-2006 08:10 PM

Thanks for the information, I look forward to seeing some pictures and links on this visit.

I think Rania and Abdullah go down well in the States, the Americans love them, especially Rania.

madonna23 09-12-2006 09:25 PM

I think actually that most americans have no idea who either Abdullah or Rania are. A very select group of people know and yes, most of these people adore Abdullah and Rania (for either political or fashion reasons) and some of these people dislike Abdullah (for political reasons).

Little_star 09-13-2006 07:38 AM

There's a real mix of people ttending, I'm looking forward to hearing what Salman Ahmad has to say! Geeta Rao Gupta will be another exciting speaker.

snowwhite 09-13-2006 05:09 PM

Perhaps I should clarify my statement Madonna, which seemed to imply that they are well known in America.

Rania and Abdullah have been interviewed by many big name people in the States during their various visits. Rania has also done Larrry King, Oprah (twice), appeared on the cover of Time, Newsweek (?), People, Forbes, Vanity Fair.

Whilst I don't think they are household names or anything like that to the vast majority of Americans, to a certain sector of the American public - "upper class" (its the best word I can think of), better educated, political, high earning, I think they would be recognized and those sort of people would be interested in reading about them and they do appear to be admired (generally).

I stick by my point that Rania and Abdullah go down well in the States with the people they NEED to go down well with, she trades on her beauty (and Americans love a pretty face) and then get surprised when she has a brain to back it up with and Abdullah seems a breath of fresh air with his more modern views on muslim/western relations.

But you are right that to the general American public, I doubt they would know who they are.

Salomé 09-13-2006 05:34 PM

Snowwhite,I like the vision very simpliste about Americans and why they like KA and QR, as you resumed that on some superficial things like beauty,elegance and some shows...

I totally agree with Madonna that Americans don't know either who are really KA or Rania, this doesn't mean they don't know who they are if they see them featured in some medias,but they don't know who they are really a part a very very select group who is aware about reality of things in both Middle East and USA.

Zonk 09-14-2006 09:25 AM

While everyone is certainly entitled to their opinion of Abdullah and Rania, it should be noted that 1) this thread is about their visit to the USA and not what Americans think about them and 2) it goes without saying that you can not generalize what people think. Unless anyone on this board has done a poll or spoken with a diverse group of Americans...this whole conversation is pretty moot.

Let's get back on topic.

Veram98 09-14-2006 10:12 AM

According to a poll by Harris Interactive (Online interviews with 3,685 American adults, conducted from Aug. 8 to Aug. 17, 2006) King Abdullah got a rating of 44, the second highest (after the Israeli prime minister) among eight ME leaders and entities surveyed:

Little_star 09-15-2006 10:36 AM

Queen Rania will be participating on a panel including Pervez Musharraf, Tony Blair, Kofi Annan and Laura Bush

Humera 09-15-2006 10:51 AM

And Salman Ahmed is addressing the panel too. That should be interesting!
I wonder what the article means by "the dates of the three-day event to be held in New York were not disclosed."
I've known the dates (Sept 20-22) for quite a while now.

Humera 09-16-2006 04:59 PM

King, Queen Start Working Visit to the United States

New York, Sept. 16 (Petra)—Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah started on Saturday a several-day working visit to the United States, during the King will participate in the 61st session of the UN General Assembly, which started on Sep.12.

The King will deliver a speech in which he is expected to highlight the importance of the international community’s role in creating a genuine world partnership to achieve peace and security in the Middle East.

The King will also meet a number of world leaders to exchange views on regional and international developments and on ways to enhance Jordan's relations with their countries.

His Majesty will also take part, in the presence of Queen Rania Al Abdullah, in meetings of the 1st Arab-US Action Forum, which is organized by the Arab Youth Leaders Organization. Petra

Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan CDF President Marian Wright Edelman to Visit Harlem's Echo Park Center for Children and Families

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan will join Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman, and Association to Benefit Children (ABC) President Gretchen Buchenholz to tour ABC's new Echo Park children and family facility in Harlem and visit with children and their families Wednesday, September 20 from 1:30 to 2 p.m.

Their visit is part of a continuing commitment to highlight the importance of health care and education for women and children around the world and their new global women's action network for children which was launched in Jordan this past June. Yahoo

Avalon 09-18-2006 01:15 PM

Queen Rania participated in the UNICEF Child Survival Symposium, a meeting of political leaders and health experts hosted by UNICEF, the Government of Norway and the Lancet Magazine, 18 September 2006, at UNICEF headquarters in New York.

source - STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

Adamari 09-18-2006 03:33 PM

Face to Face has photos of Rania out shopping in New York.

Avalon 09-18-2006 03:41 PM


Originally Posted by Adamari
Face to Face has photos of Rania out shopping in New York.

I would love to see those photos as much as anyone, however as per TRF Photo Agencies and Copyright Violations rules (post 1), no pictures from Face to Face can be posted on this board.

Humera 09-18-2006 05:10 PM

1. Queen Rania of Jordan addresses the Child Survival Symposium hosted by UNICEF , Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 in New York. Health experts will call for a new global plan on child survival during a one-day symposium at the United Nations on Monday, officials said, warning that without significant changes to current strategies, millions of children will continue to die before they reach age 5. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
2. Queen Rania of Jordan, left, and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, center, talk to Aminata Palmer, 11, of Sierra Leone, at the Child Survival Symposium hosted by UNICEF , Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 in New York. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Humera 09-18-2006 05:18 PM

Queen Rania addresses UNICEF symposium on MDG

New York, 18 Sept. (Petra)-- At the turn of the century, world leaders came together to outline the most pressing needs and obstacles to be addressed and set a deadline for tackling them. They called these the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the deadline for achieving them is 2015. As we approach 2015, many countries are on track to meet those deadlines, but most underdeveloped nations still have a long way to go.

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, on Monday spoke at the Child Survival Symposium about the importance of MDG 4 which aims to reduce child mortality by two thirds. "I feel a sense of urgency when it comes to MDG 4," she said, "[because] none of our children can be secure in a world where millions of children are at risk." Petra

Pictures from Petra

King receives presidents of Iraq, Tanzania and Bahraini Crown Prince

New York, 18 Sept. (Petra)—His Majesty King Abdullah II on Monday started bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders participating in the 61st session of the UN General Assembly . In a program that reflects Jordan’s priorities, His Majesty initiated his meetings with an audience with Iraqi President Jalal Talbani, the matter which stresses Jordan’s interest in Iraqi territorial integrity as the basic foundation to build the best future for Iraqis. Petra

Pictures from Petra

Humera 09-19-2006 03:52 PM

The pictures of Queen Rania shopping are from September 16, two days before her official engagements began.

Adamari 09-19-2006 04:01 PM

Are you sure about the date? The date underneath the thumbnail says 18.09.2006. That's Monday. Do you have access to the cutline information?

As for Monday's official events, I found the following picture at Deadline Photo Press:

Humera 09-19-2006 04:13 PM

Cooperation, mutual respect preconditions for peace, prosperity – King

New York, 19 Sept. (Petra)—His Majesty King Abdullah reafirmed that prosperity and peace can not be achieved through isolation or by force. Two preconditions should be there, world cooperation and mutual respect, he said.

The King’s remarks came during His Majesty’s inauguration, Tuesday, of the Arab American Action Forum, which includes two hundred Arab and American young leaders, where he commented on the Arab youth’s feeling of despair that the American administration does not listen to them.

The forum was attended by Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Salman Bin Hamad and American ex-president Bill Clinton and president of World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab. Petra

Pictures from Petra

Humera 09-19-2006 04:16 PM


Originally Posted by Adamari
Are you sure about the date? The date underneath the thumbnail says 18.09.2006. That's Monday. Do you have access to the cutline information?

Yes Im sure. I have access to the pictures and the caption with them lists the date as September 16.
September 18 could just be the date that Face to Face uploaded the pictures to their site.

President General Pervez Musharraf with former usa president Bill Clinton, queen Rania of Jordan and King Abdullah II at reception in New York ,USA Sept.18, 2006

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