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Jordan’s King Abdullah II awarded peace prize in Germany
President Gauck says Hashemite Kingdom setting ‘standards for humanity’ by hosting 635,000 Syrian refugees
BY AP
October 8, 2016, 7:54 pm
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Queen Rania, left, and King Abdullah of Jordan, center, with German President Joachim Gauck wave to citizens on the historic town hall balcony in Muenster, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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BERLIN — Jordan’s King Abdullah II has been awarded a prestigious prize in Germany for his peace efforts in the Middle East.
At the award ceremony Saturday for the Westphalian Peace Prize in Muenster’s town hall, German President Joachim Gauck said Abdullah and his fellow Jordanians had “set standards for humanity” for their work in the region’s refugee crisis.
Jordan, with a population of about 6.5 million, is hosting about 635,000 refugees from neighboring war-torn Syria.
The annual prize commemorates the conclusion of the Peace of Westphalia, a series of treaties concluded and announced in Muenster town hall in 1648 that ended the Thirty Years’ War and other conflicts.
Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.
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