Celebrations marking the anniversary of Jordan's independence and the Army Day took place at Karameh, Jordan on Tuesday (25 May).
Celebrations marking the anniversary of Jordan's independence and the Army Day took place at Karameh, Jordan on Tuesday (25 May). Karameh is the site of a major battle which took place between the Jordanian army and Israeli forces on 22 March 1968.
During the celebrations King Hussein unveiled a monument to an unknown soldier and afterwards re-affirmed his country's allegiance to the Palestinian cause.
The King also spoke about relations between Jordan and Syria, saying that the two countries had made great progress along the path towards unity. "Our country and Syria are a people and an army confronted with the same destiny," he said.
King Hussein also stated that peace in the Middle East would not be possible until Israel had evacuated all Arab territories and had acknowledged the national rights of the Palestinians.
Other celebrations took place at the Hussein Sports Centre in Amman, during which King Hussein presented prizes to armed forces personnel who had won sporting events there earlier this month.
Exhibitions are also being held in Amman and other towns and villages throughout the country.