Jordan

King Abdullah of Jordan fears that old allies are ditching him

“WE ARE ALL King Abdullah.” So said the official campaign to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the king’s accession to the throne in Jordan. But the turnout on February 7th suggested that few agreed with the sentiment. Even trays heaped with mansaf, lamb stewed in yogurt, could not rouse large crowds. Two months later the World Economic Forum on the Middle ...

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UN secured only 20% of 2019 Jordan operation costs

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Jordan has received only 20 per cent of its financial requirements for 2019, according to its operational update for May. The UNHCR reported on Tuesday that as of 21 May, it had received only $74 million of the $371.8 million needed for refugee assistance and protection this year. Jordan is one of the countries most heavily ...

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King delivers Jordan’s address at emergency Arab Summit in Mecca

His Majesty King Abdullah on Thursday affirmed Jordan’s support for its Arab brothers in defending their interests and safeguarding their security and stability, expressing the Kingdom’s firm rejection of any attempts to meddle in the internal affairs of Arab states or threaten their sovereignty or security in any way. In an address delivered at the emergency Arab Summit in Mecca, ...

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Jordanians kidnapped in Syria return safely to Kingdom

AMMAN — Two Jordanians who were reportedly kidnapped in Syria earlier this week returned safely to the Kingdom on Thursday evening, following their release earlier in the day, the Foreign Ministry said. The Jordanian Embassy in Damascus was notified on Thursday morning that the two kidnapped Jordanians were located by the Syrian authorities, and their return was arranged through the ...

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Brotherhood calls on Jordan to boycott Bahrain ‘peace conference’

The Islamic Action Front (IAF), the largest opposition party in Jordan, yesterday called on the kingdom not to take part in the US-brokered economic conference in Bahrain. Mounir Rashid, IAF official, said in a statement that the forthcoming conference was being organised within the framework of “the so-called US-led deal of the century that aims to liquidate the Palestinian cause.” “Jordan’s ...

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Jordan May Be the Weakest Link in Trump’s Peace Initiative

Sometimes it takes someone on the outside, a graduate of the Israeli political or military scene, to say what the establishment can’t bring itself to say out loud. The question of the Jordanian regime’s stability has been taboo for years in the Israeli intelligence community. It’s not discussed in the open or in press briefings. When an Israeli leader blurts ...

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Jordan’s King Is Afraid. So He Purged His Government

King Abdullah cleared out the ranks among the senior officials in the royal court and removed senior intelligence officials. There’s a message to the U.S. here, and to Israel Princess Basma bint Talal of Jordan, the sister of the late King Hussein and the aunt of the present king, Abdullah II, knew back in 2013 that the sword was hanging ...

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Jordan approves third cabinet reshuffle in less than a year

AMMAN – Jordanian Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz reshuffled his cabinet Thursday for the third time in less than year as the kingdom remains mired in economic difficulties. The new cabinet took the oath in front of King Abdallah II at the Husseiniyeh Palace west of the capital, the royal court said. Former cabinet members had tendered their resignations Wednesday in ...

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Jordan’s expertise with implementing, enforcing human rights treaties invaluable — official

AMMAN — Jordan’s expertise in the enforcement and implementation of international human rights treaties through incorporating them into the judicial system is invaluable, Director of the Prime Ministry’s Human Rights Department Khalil Abdallat said on Tuesday. Abdallat’s remarks came during the opening ceremony of the training course organised by Mizan Law Group in cooperation with the Danish Institute Against Torture ...

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IMF: Jordan’s economic situation still difficult, reforms must be implemented

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Chief to Jordan, Martin Cerisola, said on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, that “there are many signs of improvement in economic performance though Jordan is facing difficult circumstances and pressing challenges.” In an interview with Jordan News Agency (Petra), Cerisola, in a telephone call from Washington, affirmed the improvement was reflected in higher exports, increased tourism ...

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