(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)
Amman, Apr. 25 (Petra) -- The Australian embassy hosted a dawn service Thursday at the Amman Citadel to mark ANZAC Day, a day of remembrance for Australian and New Zealander soldiers who passed away in World War One.
The acronym ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, who fought the battle of Gallipoli in WWI against the Ottoman Empire.
The service was attended by HRH Prince Mired Bin Ra'ad, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hyasat of the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces and other senior officials.
On the anniversary, Australian Ambassador, Miles Armitage, said: "Today we remember the Australian and New Zealander soldiers who fought at Gallipoli and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in all wars since."
"It is a solemn and important occasion for Australians," he added, noting: "the Amman Citadel is a fitting backdrop, particularly as Australians and New Zealanders fought alongside the Arab Army on this very ground during the Great Arab Revolt."
"It is indeed very poignant to see representatives of nations that were at war over 100 years ago, now standing side by side in unity. This reflects the peace, respect and cooperation that underpin the modern day relationships between these nations," he told the attendees.
He said his country also recognizes the strong historical bonds that bond Australia and Jordan, adding both countries fought together in the Great Arab Revolt of the First World War.
Australians and Jordanians have continued to serve together on military operations in East Timor, Afghanistan and most recently as part of the International Coalition against Daesh, the envoy stated.