Brussels, 25 October 2011
Message of congratulations from President Barroso to Mr Awn Al Khasawneh, Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
"On behalf of the European Commission, I would like to extend to you my warmest congratulations on your appointment as the new Prime Minister of Jordan.
The European Union views Jordan as a key partner in the region and I look forward to cooperating with you, Prime Minister, and your government with the objective to develop further our relationship in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy “advanced status” partnership.
Jordan has embarked on a process of political and economic reforms. I am counting on your government to pursue with new impetus the consolidation of the institutions underpinning democracy and the rule of law.
At a time when the whole region is undergoing major changes and the international community is dealing with the consequences of the economic and financial crisis, the European Union stands ready to continue cooperating with Jordan in addressing the challenges that lie ahead.
Please accept, dear Prime Minister, the assurance of my highest consideration."