Jordan

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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Jordan’s tourism revenues reach $1.7 billion in first third of 2019

According to preliminary data released by the Central Bank of Jordan, the Kingdom’s revenues from tourism income rose by 6.1 % in the first third of 2019 reaching to $ 1.7 billion, equivalent to JD 1.2 billion, compared to $ 1.6 billion for the same period last year. The increase was mainly due to the rise in the number of ...

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King meets world leaders in Paris

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah and French President Emmanuel Macron, at the Élysée Palace on Wednesday, discussed ways to enhance strategic cooperation between Jordan and France, as well as the latest regional developments, a Royal Court statement said. President Macron expressed appreciation for Jordan’s efforts, led by King Abdullah, to counter extremist ideology and hate speech, and seek regional ...

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Japan Starts Disbursement of $300 Million Loan to Jordan

JICA will continue to support the Kingdom, which is leading serious austerity measures that are well recognised by the donor community, she told The Jordan Times in an exclusive interview on Tuesday. The second tranche of the loan agreement, which was signed in 2018 during His Majesty King Abdullah’s visit to Japan, will be transferred in October this year, Chie ...

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All Jordanian Ministers Resign Ahead of Government Reshuffle

All Jordanian ministers tendered their resignation on Wednesday as part of government reshuffling spearheaded by King Abdullah II. Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz is expected to maintain his role, and some of the ministers who resigned are slated to reclaim their positions in the next round of nominations. A statement released by the Jordanian government says that the changes in ...

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IFRC Jordan Country Program Overview 2019

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has long provided a safe haven to refugees from neighbouring countries. As a result of prolonged conflict in the Middle East, Jordan has hosted several waves of refugees and displaced people (Palestine, Iraq and Syria). This has had a significant impact on the population growth rate, leading to pressure on natural resources, growing income disparities ...

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