Working visit to New York: September 2006

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Nov 9, 2003
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:

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

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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​
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The pictures of Queen Rania shopping are from September 16, two days before her official engagements began.
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
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Adamari said:
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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Thanks for all the pictures and information. It's nice to see she gets some time to herself as well.

Clinton Global Initiative Meets in NYC
The list of invited guests, capped at about 900 people, includes such diverse voices as Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, cyclist Lance Armstrong, CBS News anchor Katie Couric and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Participants are expected to make a specific commitment toward advancing the solutions to the problems identified during the conference. Last year's conference resulted in 300 commitments totaling about $2 billion. Organizers hope to match that this year.
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King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein of Jordan addresses the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006.

from yahoo/ap

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UNITED NATIONS (AP)--Jordan's King Abdullah II said Tuesday that until Israel ends its occupation of Palestinian lands and gives Palestinians their rights, the cycle of violence will continue in the region and its effects will be felt throughout the world.
"I come before you today with a deep sense of urgency," Abdullah told the 61st session of the U.N. General Assembly. "Never has it been more important for the world community to act decisively for peace in my region."
Spotted this article from what I believe is a Pakistani website. It seems Clinton hosted a lunch for Abdullah and Rania Tuesday.

NEW YORK, Sept 19: A luncheon hosted by American businessmen and investors at a swank restaurant for President Musharraf had surprise visitors — the King and Queen of Jordan, accompanied by former US president Bill Clinton, in a warm gesture to the Pakistani leader.
New York, Sep.20(Petra)—His Majesty King Abdullah II met on Tuesday afternoon with US foreign minister Condolesa Rice to discuss practical steps to revive the Middle East peace process and achieve just, comprehensive and sustainable solution for the Palestinian problem which is the essence of all conflicts in the region.
King Abdullah with Kofi Annan, Pervez Musharraf and Oscar Arias:

Over 200 Arab and American leaders from private sector, media, public sector and civil society today gathered in a first of a kind step toward establishing a platform for dialogue between the Arab world and the U.S.

The participants included H.M. King Abdullah II; H.H. Crown Prince of Bahrain Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa; former U.S. President Bill Clinton; Founder and CEO of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab; Dina Powell, Assistant Secretary, Education and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Mark Mallock Brown.
Young Arab Leaders promote cooperation and dialogue | Young Arab Leaders (YAL)

MUMBAI: History shows that the world is plagued with the casualties of religious and ethnic conflicts. With recent struggles in Lebanon and Israel and daily clashes in Iraq, the Middle East is a hotbed of religious and ethnic conflict. CNN will air the hour long documentary In God's Name: A Global Summit With President Clinton on 23 September at 5:30 pm and on 24 September at 3:30 pm.

. This asks whether religion is the solution or the problem. The special is moderated by CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour and features former U.S. President Bill Clinton in the third and final CNN special program. Joining them is an expert panel including Israeli Vice Premier, Shimon Peres; U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Dina Powell; Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan; Former United Nations Special Envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi; Former U.S. Senator and Northern Ireland peace negotiator, George Mitchell and editor-at-large of Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, Rami Khouri > News Room Headlines > CNN to air summit with former US president Clinton

It's good CNN are broadcasting the programme, not only can we all see it, but it will be broadcast to a much wider audience!
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NEW YORK, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- King Abdullah II of Jordan presided over a ceremony in New York City on September 20th marking the creation of the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts (RSICA) in Jordan's Red Sea resort town of Aqaba. The institute is a joint effort of the Royal Film Commission of Jordan and the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California. The institute will enroll men and women from the Middle East region in a specialized learning environment dedicated to teaching all disciplines of the cinematic arts.
Getty has pictures from Rania's visit to Harlem today.

Press release about the visit:

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan joined 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 today, Wednesday Sept. 20.

More information about Her Majesty Queen Rania and Marian Wright Edelman's partnership for children and the Global Women's Action Fund For Children can be found on the CDF web site at
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Thank you Adamari for the link to the photo site.

And to everyone else for the links to the various articles.
Love the pictures of Queen Rania in Harlem, especially the ones of her playing with the children. The visit was related to the Global Womens' Action Network launched by the Queen and other notable women in June.

I also love the article from Dawn about President Clinton and the King and Queen's surprise visit to President Musharraf, very sweet. Thanks for the link Adamari.

September 19, 2006 - Queen Rania arriving at ABC Studios in New York City for an appearance on Good Morning America.
(Roger Wong/Infgoff/Viennareport via fotomarktplatz)
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