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Jordan’s King Abdullah II (2) TLS with Porcelain Plate regarding "the Middle East peace process"

Jordan’s King Abdullah II presents a Head of State Gift to a U.S. Congressman and, in two important letters after the death of his father King Hussein, talks about “progress in the Middle East peace process"

Two important letters written by Jordan’s King to U.S. Congressman Charles William (Bill) Young (1930-2013), who represented Florida in the House of Representatives as a Republican from 1971 until his death. When these letters were written, Young was Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. King Abdullah II acceded to the throne of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan upon the death of his father, King Hussein, on February 7, 1999, who had reigned for 46 years.

Comprises:(1) White Porcelain Plate, 8.5" x 8.5" square, Head of State Gift presented to Congressman Young. Gold and blue intricate designs on the rim and a verse from the Qur’an, Surah II:115, in Arabic in the center. On verso is the Royal cypher, “The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan / 2003/2004,” and the English translation of the Quranic verse: “Unto Allah belong the East and the West: / Withersoever ye turn, there is Allah’s countenance. / For Allah is all embracing, all knowing.” The Rosenthal royal logo is on verso beneath “Calligraphy and Arabesque: The institute of Traditional Islamic Arts, Jordan.” “United Trading for Porcelain & Art Co. – Rosenthal” is located in Amman, Jordan. In the original 9” x 9” burgundy presentation box, having cover with Royal cipher in gold. Housed in an 11” x 11” wooden box having hinged cover with label typed address: “The Honorable Bill Young / 2407 Rayburn HOB.” The official U.S. Government justification for accepting gifts from foreign governments is “Non-acceptance would cause the donor or the U.S. Government embarrassment.”

(2) Typed Letter Signed “yours always / [signature]” 1p, 8.25” x 11.5”. [Amman, Jordan], June 21, 1999. Not folded. To Congressman Bill Young on Royal stationery. “My Dear Friend” [greeting handwritten].

In part:

“On behalf of the government and people of Jordan, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the warm welcome you extended to me and my delegation during my trip to Washington last month. The support that Congress has shown to Jordan and to my late father His Majesty King Hussein over the past several years, as well as during the transition stage following the passing of King Hussein had been appreciated by all Jordanians … the lack of progress in the Middle East peace process, which slowed down our plans to make it through the challenging transition successfully, has rendered your support more crucial. I received with much appreciation and gratitude your letter of May 20, 1999 informing me of your decision to appropriate $100 million in additional military and economic assistance for Jordan in FY99 and of your Committee’s intention to consider favorably the remaining $200 million in subsequent years…”

With unrelated original 9.25” x 8” envelope, label addressed to Young, Royal crown in gilt on back flap.(3) Typed Letter Signed “yours always / [signature]” 1p, 8.25” x 11.5”. Washington, D.C., May 13, 2002. Not folded. To Congressman Bill Young on Royal stationery. “My Dear Friend” [greeting handwritten].

In part:

“I am writing to express my gratitude for the time that you availed for our meeting last week. The discussion that we had on the Middle East situation, and the urgent need to resume the peace process with a clear defined outcome was very useful. Rest assured that Jordan will spare no effort to help the United States in leading the way towards a better future for all peoples in the Middle East, one of peace, security, and stability. I am also grateful for your continued support of Jordan at this crucial period… We count on your support in bringing back the reduced levels of assistance to Jordan in the 2002 supplemental bill at Congress. This would assist us to meet the expectations at this crucial period when Jordan, more than ever, is playing its traditional moderating and stabilizing role…” With original 12.75” x 9” envelope, label addressed to Young, Royal crown in gilt on back flap.

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