Ali and Rym will exchange vows on September 7, according to the royal palace. Their engagement comes just a few months after Spanish Crown Prince Felipe announced his engagement to newscaster Letizia Ortiz
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As CNN's Baghdad correspondent, Rym became one of the network's most valued reporters
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28 APRIL 2004                Click here to send this news item to a friend

In a romantic echo of Crown Prince Felipe's recent engagement, Prince Ali of Jordan, half-brother of King Abdullah II, has announced he will marry CNN reporter Rym Brahimi.

The Algerian journalist has just quit her job at the news network's European headquarters, in order to wed the Jordanian royal. The announcement comes just a few months after Spanish newscaster Letizia Ortiz gave up her job to accept an engagement ring from her country's statuesque crown prince.

King Abdullah was among those present at Ali and Rym's official engagement ceremony in Paris. A statement released by the royal palace in Amman says the pair will exchange vows on September 7.

Rym is the daughter of Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nation's special envoy to Iraq. Working between London and Baghdad, she has earned a reputation as one of CNN's top diplomatic reporters. Though she has left the network, she has confirmed she will continue other journalistic endeavours in her new home, Jordan.

The prince, meanwhile, is the son of the late King Hussein and his third wife, Queen Alia, who was killed in a 1977 helicopter crash, when Ali was just two years old. Prince Ali, 29, now heads a special force which protects his half-brother, the king.

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