His Excellency Demiye Zuher Mohid Haddad

President Benigno Aquino 3rd accepts the credentials of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the Philippines, His Excellency Demiye Zuher Mohid Haddad at the Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace on Monday. Ambassador Haddad proceeded to The Manila Times later in the day to meet with editors, reporters and students for a roundtable meeting. MALACANANG PHOTO

THE Philippine middle class plays a key role in the economy’s growth and progress, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Demiye Zuher Moh’d Haddad said in a round table discussion with The Manila Times on Monday.

“I believe the Philippines is having a growing and important middle class which will be the backbone of its economy and future progress,” Haddad said.

He explained the importance of the middle class in every society saying that it is the balancing power in every society. He explained further that the middle class saves the country because it serves as the bridge between the rich and the poor.

“The middle class prevents the crack in the rich and the poor and saves the country unlike in societies where there are no middle class. . .there is a gap between the extremely rich and the extremely poor,” Haddad said.

The ambassador said the Philippines was an “important friend” of the Arab world.

“I believe the Philippines is a very important country and its is a very important player in Asia and a very influential friend in the Arab world, ” he said, adding that “you [Philippines] have supported, always supported the just causes in the Middle East. . .you have always stood by the side of righteousness and human rights and these things makes you welcome and an important friend in the Arab world.”

Haddad visited the Philippines on Monday to present his credentials to President Benigno Aquino 3rd as the new Jordanian Ambassador to the Philippines based out of Tokyo.

Haddad told The Times that the two countries have always had good relations with each other. He said that the Philippines “had always been a close country” not only to Jordan but to the whole Arab region.

“The relation between our two sides is very well and the Philippines has a very important and special recognition in the Arab literature and within the Arab countries,” Haddad said.

He added that the country and Jordan have had strong relations even before the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries in the late ‘60s.

“The diplomatic relations started not out of importance but because of opportunity,” he said.

“Jordan is the host of a large number of workers from the Philippines and we have concluded an agreement to regularize and promote that market in a very safe and progressive futuristic environment which will serve the interest of both our sides,” he said.

Also during the discussion, Hassad said that the country and Jordan are “now studying a possibility of increasing the number of work between our two sides” though he didn’t elaborate on the details saying he still has to talk to the country’s top officials regarding the matter.

“The issue that will be circulating around increasing the exchange of people on both side, enhancing our level of economic ties, maybe investment, commerce or even technical assistance from here and there.”


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