King’s Message to GID Director and the Director’s Reply
o Feisal Al Shobaki
RE: Appointment as Director of the General Intelligence Department (GID)
18 October 2011
In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Compassionate
Your Excellency Feisal Al Shobaki,
Peace and God’s mercy and blessings be upon you,
I extend my warmest and sincerest wishes to you and our brave men at the GID.
I have known you for many years now as a loyal soldier at the service of the GID, untiringly protecting the stability and security of Jordan and its citizens.
As you have in the past occupied leadership posts in the GID, we set our hopes on you to proceed with the modernization and development plan for this national institution, enhancing its performance so that it can protect Jordan and its internal and external interests within a forward-looking vision of modernisation, based on the cumulative expertise of this long-standing national institution.
Your leadership at the GID comes as part of our efforts to translate our comprehensive reform vision. This requires that you direct this glorious institution towards supporting the reform process, by employing new tools and approaches, enhancing training and professional development to enable our brave men to defend this country with utmost professionalism, in full respect of the institutional and legal frameworks, human rights and freedoms. These are the pillars of our comprehensive reform process, for a new, pluralistic, democratic Jordan, in which all citizens participate in shaping their country’s present and future.
You assume the leadership of this eminent institution at a time when domestic and regional circumstances require strengthening of the national sense of belonging, openness, transparency and accountability, and meritocracy among the new cadres in our security apparatuses, which we direct to nurture the relationship between state and citizens, on the basis of mutual trust.
We count on you and all GID staff to set an example through your actions, to prove that the security establishment remains as it has always been, at the service of the country and its citizens, to protect the sanctity of their inalienable rights and freedoms, unwaveringly committed to serve their interests and needs.
I pray the Almighty to bless us all with success in serving Him and His servants in our beloved country and our Arab and Islamic nations.
May peace and God’s mercy be upon you.
Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein
The reply of the Director of GID:
Your Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein
Your Majesty, I was honored to have your trust in appointing me as director of the General Intelligence Department. I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation as well as absolute loyalty to your dear throne and triumphant Hashemite banner under God’s care.
We, at GID, vow to remain the pioneer national institution that derives from your Hashemite heritage the meanings of excellence, creativity and values of giving and achieving to serve our noble goals of protecting our country and its stability, as well as sustaining its achievements and gains, working side by side with our fellow brothers of the Jordanian Armed Forces and security services.
We receive at GID your kind letter and its content of insights and directives, which will guide our approach and work plan for the next phase, based on the accumulated experience of this national institution. We will ensure translating your insights and directives on the ground with complete honesty, awareness, responsibility and commitment. In this sense, we will work to maintain GID, as your Majesty aspires, in the service of the country and citizens, an upholder of rights and freedoms, and supporter of the comprehensive reform march. This will require drawing detailed work plans for the next phase, guaranteeing the development of the legal, regulatory and organizational structure to enhance the performance of GID and its personnel, and deepen their awareness of their current responsibilities and duties towards further professionalism based on clear rules of accountability. Our commitment will be firm and solid based on the spirit of the constitution, law and the sanctity of human rights, freedom, and dignity in order to have GID, as your Majesty aspires, an institution founded on the values of righteousness, justice, integrity and transparency to enhance mutual trust between GID and citizens. We will follow modern upgrading plans based on developing the skills and expertise of GID’s human power, providing the required tools to function and keeping up with the scientific and technical progress to enhance performance and achievements.
Your precious trust and wise directives will remain a source of inspiration to GID. Our goal is to maintain Jordan, as you aspired, great, proud of its sons, achievements, and national institutions, marching in great confidence towards a bright future. We will draw determination from your efforts and established achievements. We will work relentlessly to achieve your Majesty’s aspiration of reform and modernization for the good of the country and citizens. I reiterate my gratitude and pride for receiving this great honor from your Majesty. May God protect, bless and keep Your Majesty an inspiring leader for the triumphant Jordan march.
Peace be upon You, Your Majesty,
Your Loyal Servant,
Major General Faisal AL-Shoubaki
21 Dhul-Qi’da, 1432
19 October 2011