The Middle East is known to Asians as the Middle West. This is the name given to a meeting (the West Asian and North Africa forum) convened by HRH Prince Hassan of Jordan with the backing of the Nippon Foundation of Japan. Ann Pettifor is in Amman as a guest of HRH Prince Hassan, and is one of the opening speakers at the three day forum. The forum exists, in the words of Prince Hassan, to “promote collective regional action to resolve conflicts, to promote good governance, to raise living standards, to protect the environment – to face challenges that no nation can tackle alone.
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