Charles in talks with Jordan’s King

Published: Sunday 8th February 2015 by The News Editor

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The Prince of Wales will hold talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah II today as his tour of the Middle East continues.

Charles arrived in the country last night and will spend the day carrying out a number of engagements including sitting down for discussions with King Abdullah II.

Charles has been joined in Jordan by International Development Secretary Justine Greening as her department has provided financial aid to the country.

Ahead of his six-day Middle East tour Charles said preventing the radicalisation of Muslim youth was a “great challenge” and something that could not be swept “under the carpet”.

He spoke about the need to stop a growing number of British Muslims being influenced by the preachings of others during an interview with the BBC 2 Radio programme Sunday Hour, which will be broadcast later today.

Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Islamic State (IS) fighters met the prince last night and it is likely the plight of their country and neighbouring Syria will be one of the topics for discussion.

Since Thursday Jordanian fighters have carried out three consecutive days of bombing raids on IS positions in retaliation for their burning to death of Jordanian pilot 26-year-old Moaz al Kasasbeh.

Later today the Prince and the King will attend an interfaith event where senior clerics from different religious groups will discuss the common values between them.

Charles will go on to attend a reception that will formally launch the start of his charities, the Prince’s Trust and Mosaic, which runs mentoring programmes for disadvantaged young people, working in Jordan.

The Prince’s six day tour of the Middle East will also see him travel to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Published: Sunday 8th February 2015 by The News Editor

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