Assemblyman meets with King of Jordan

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Assemblyman Sayegh (on left) with the King of Jordan.

YONKERS – New York State Assemblyman Nader Sayegh (D-Yonkers), the first Jordanian-American elected to the State Assembly, met with King Abdullah ll of Jordan Tuesday in New York City. King Abdullah ll is here for the United Nations General Assembly’s meeting of World Leaders.

“Today, with my wife Sana, I had the distinct honor of meeting King Abdullah II of Jordan on his working visit to New York. The King and I spoke extensively about issues impacting Jordanian-Americans in the United States and abroad. As a pro-western ally, Jordan plays a significant role in maintaining regional stability in the Middle East, warmly accepting millions of refugees from neighboring ongoing conflicts.”

Assemblyman Sayegh presented King Abdulla ll with several Resolutions, Citations, and Proclamations that he has introduced, celebrating Jordanian and Arab American heritage in New York, including the joint Senate-Assembly Proclamation honoring Jordan for its 75th year of Independence.

In addition to meeting with King Abdullah ll, Sayegh also met with Dina Kawar, Jordan’s Ambassador to the United States, Deputy Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi, Mohammad Al Zaden, Supervisor of the Royal Hashemite Court, and the King’s Chief of Staff, Dr. Jafar Hassan.

“As the highest Jordanian-American elected official in New York and the country, it was an honor to meet with this acclaimed leader from my ancestral nation,” said Sayegh.

The Assemblyman said King Abdullah ll promised continued cooperation with the United States and pledged to look into the reopening of a Jordanian Consulate in the New York City region enabling Jordanian- Americans improved access to the services a consulate office can provide to citizens and businesses.