Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday received diplomatic credentials from the new Ambassadors of Croatia، Jordan، the Czech Republic، Egypt and Mongolia to the State of Israel at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem، according to Arutz Sheva.
As each ambassador arrived، their country’s flag was raised and the Israel Police Band played their national anthem. The ambassadors inspected an IDF guard of honor and presented their credentials to the president. After an audience with the president، the new ambassadors signed the guest book and Hatikvah، the Israeli national anthem، was played at the end of the ceremony.
When the incoming ambassador of Jordan، Ghassan Majali، presented his credentials، President Rivlin welcomed him and noted that next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty.
“We are determined to live in peace with our neighbors، and we are hopeful and optimistic that others will do as you have done. The good relations between our two countries are a legacy of the leadership of the late King Hussein. Please send my warmest wishes to His Majesty King Abdullah II،” said Rivlin.
The president continued، “We appreciate the key role that Jordan plays as an island of stability in our region. But we can still do more to broaden cooperation in areas that impact on both our peoples. We breath the same air and live on the same piece of land. When you lack water، we lack water. We must do more to find ways of confronting these challenges together. Another important project is the ‘Jordan Gateway’ that could link the port of Haifa to Irbid، Amman and Aqaba، and from there to the Arab world، creating thousands of jobs.”
The Jordanian ambassador presented his credentials and he، too، noted the important anniversary of the peace treaty that will be celebrated next year.
“We remember the huge efforts made by great leaders، the late King Hussein and the late Yizhak Rabin، who stood firm in the face of all odds،” he said. “King Abdullah believes that the peace treaty is a cornerstone for peace in the region and in the world and that a breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is a top priority for the Hashemite Kingdom. Thank you for your warm welcome، Mr. President.”
The president added، “We do not only live in the same neighborhood، we are really neighbors. We drink the same water and we breathe the same air. It is time that our two peoples get to know each other better.”