King Hussein's funeral. Dignitaries in attendance

This page gives a survey of the dignitaries attending the funeral of HM King Hussein of Jordan (1935 - 1999), which took place in Amman on Monday 8 February 1999. Members of former royal families are put in paranthesis behind the respective country's official representative(s). Many of the persons listed headed a delegation which are not included here.


Algeria: President Liamine Zeroual

Azerbaijan: the Ambassador of Azerbaijan in Cairo

Austria: President Thomas Klestil

Bahrain: Emir Sheik Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa; Prime Minister Sheik Khalifa
bin Salman Al Khalifa

Bangladesh: Prime Minister Sheikha Hasina

Belgium: King Albert II and Queen Paola, the Deputy Prime Minister

Bosnia-Hercegovina: Prime Minister Haris Silajdzic

Brunei: Sultan Hassan Al-Bolkiah, Queen Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajjah Saleha,
Princess Benjaran Mariam (1) and Prince Abdul Azeem

Bulgaria: The Deputy Prime Minister

Canada: Foreign Secretary Lloyd Axworthy

Comoros:President Taj Al-Din bin Sayyed Masoud

Croatia:Prime Minister Zlatko Matiza

Czech Republic: President Vaclav Havel and wife Dagmar

Cyprus: President Glafcos Clerides

Denmark: Prince Henrik; Colonel Mogens Christensen; Prime Minister Poul
Nyrup Rasmussen; Ministry Director Nils Bernstein; Ministry Secretary S. Kelstrup

Egypt: President Hosni Mubarak and wife Suzanne; Prime Minister Kamal
el-Ganzouri; parliamentary speakers Kamal Helmi and Fathi Sorour; Information Minister
Safwat el-Sherif; Presidential Political Adviser Osama el-Baz

(Ethiopian Imperial Family: HIH Prince Ermias-Selassie, Head of the Ethiopian Crown Council)

Finland: Former President Mauno Koivisto

France: President Jacques Chirac and his wife, Bernadette, Minister of Health Bernard Covnar

Germany: Chancellor Gerhard Schröder

Greece: President Costis Stephanopoulos
(Greek Royal Family: King Constantine of the Hellenes; Queen Anne Marie; Crown Prince
and Crown Princess Pavlos; Prince Nikolaos)

India: Vice President Krishna Kant with wife

Iraq: Vice President Taha Marouf, Deputy Foreign Secretary Noori Ismail al-Wayis,
a former ambassador to Jordan

Ireland: President Mary McAleese, Marine Minister Michael Woods

Israel: President Ezer Weizman and wife Ruhama; Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and wife Sarah; Former Prime Ministers Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Shamir;
Leah Rabin, widow of assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin; Foreign Secretary
Ariel Sharon; opposition Labor party leader Ehud Barak; former defense minister and
centrist candidate Yitzhak Mordechai; head of the Mossad secret service, Efraim
Halevy; Druze delegation led by legislator Salah Tarif (MP) and spiritual leader Sheik
Muwafak Tarif; Members of the Israeli Knesset Abdul Malik Dahamshe,Talab Al Sani;
a representative of families of seven teen-age girls slain by a deranged Jordanian soldier
in 1997. The king had personally consoled the families.

Italy: President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro and daughter Marianna Scalfaro

Ivory Coast: The Foreign Secretary

Japan: Crown Prince Naruhito; the Crown Princess; Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi

Kuwait: Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheik Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah

Lebanon: Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Michel Al-Murr

Libya: Seif Al-Islam, eldest son of Colonel Qadaffi

Lithuania: President Landsbergis

Luxembourg: Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte;
Foreign Secretary Jacques Poos

Malaysia: Foreign Secretary Haj Suleiman bin Haj

Malta: Foreign Secretary Guido de Marco

Mauretania: Prime Minister Sheikh ul Afia Ould Mohamed Khouna

Morocco: Crown Prince Sidi Mohammed, Princess Lila Hasna

Namibia: Prime minister Hami Janjoub

The Netherlands: Queen Beatrix; Prime Minister Wim Kok

New Zealand: Ambassador to Turkey and Jordan, Mr. Ian Kennedy; Honorary Consul Maurice Khalaf

Nigeria: President Abdulsalam Abubakar

Norway: King Harald; Foreign Secretary Knut Vollebæk

Oman: Sultan Qaboos

Pakistan: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif; Foreign Secretary Sartaj Aziz

Palestinian Authority: Chairman Yasser Arafat and wife Soha; top negotiator
Mahmoud Abbas

Poland: Foreign Secretary Bronislaw Geremek

Portugal: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Antonio Costa

Qatar: Crown Prince Sheikh Jasim Bin Hamad Al Thani

Romania: President Emil Constantinescu; the Foreign Secretary

Russia: President Boris Yeltsin and his wife, Naina; Foreign Secretary Igor Ivanov
and a number of aides

Saudi Arabia: Crown Prince Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud El-Faisal,
Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Prince Torky Bin Abdullah,
and the Saudi Minister of Finance

Singapore: Foreign Secretary Ras Jiyakuma

Slovenia: President Milan Kucan

South Africa: Minister of Home Affairs Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi

South Korea: Prime Minister Kim Jong-pil

Spain: King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe and Princess Elena,
Duchess of Lugo; the Duke of Lugo; Princess Cristina, Duchess of Palma de
Mallorca, the Duke of Palma de Mallorca

Sudan: President Omar el-Bashir, leading a 10-man ministerial delegation

Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia; Foreign Secretary Anna Lindh

Switzerland: Defense Minister and Deputy President Adolf Ogi

Syria: President Hafez Assad and Vice President Abdul-Halim Khaddam;
Foreign Minster Farouk al-Sharaa

Tunisia: Prime Minister Hamet Karoui

Turkey: President Suleyman Demirel; Foreign Secretary Ismail Cem

United Arab Emirates: Defense Minister and Crown Prince of Dubai Sheik
Mohammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum heading a delegation of senior officials

United Kingdom: The Prince of Wales; Prime Minister Tony Blair; leader of
the opposition Conservative Party William Hague; Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown

USA: President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary Rodham Clinton; former
Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George Bush; Senator Ted Stevens,
Republican, Alaska; Senator Patrick Leahy, Democrat, Vermont; House International
Relations Committee Chairman Ben Gilman, Republican, New York; House Democratic
Whip David Bonior, Michigan; Najeeb and Doris Halaby, parents of Queen Noor

Yemen: President Ali Abdullah Saleh

Yugoslavia: Prime Minister Momir Bulatovic
(Yugoslavian Royal Family: Crown Prince Alexander; Crown Princess Katherine)


Arab League: Secretary-General Esmat Abdel-Maguid

European Union: President Jaques Santer, Commissioner of the Foreign Relations at
the European Commission Hans van Pier

Hamas: Several representatives

Muslim Brotherhood: Several representatives

United Nations: Secretary-General Kofi Annan

The World Bank: President James Wolfensohn

Religious socities

Coptic Orthodox Curch: Patriarch Ibraham of the Coptic Orthodox Curch in the
Holy Lands and the Near East

Greek Orthodox Church: Patriarch Theothoros I of the Greek Orthodox Church

Ismailis: The Aga Khan and his wife, Begum Inaara (Princess Lala Hasna)

Roman Catholic Church: Patriarch Michel Sabah of the Latin Church and
Patriarch of Maronites in Jordan and Jerusalem


Thanks to Bruce Cropper, Paul (, Torkel Kvaal and HRH The Crown Prince of Yugoslavia for adding and confirming information about the dignitaries attending the funeral.


1. In some sources a Princess Haja was listed. If 'princess' in the local language means 'haja', then I believe that only one of six daughters of the Sultan attended, if not so, then there were two princesses attending.

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This page was last updated on Monday 17 January 2005
(first time published in February 1999).

© 1999-2005 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth

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