Jordan prince mocks photograph of signatories to Israel ‘peace deals’

17 Sep 2020; MEMO: Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein, the half-brother of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, has mocked a photograph showing the signatories to the normalisation agreement with Israel standing next to each other, without wearing masks in a blatant violation of precautionary measures against the coronavirus.

Jordan: Bahrain, Israel normalisation deal not welcomed

13 Sep 2020; MEMO: Jordan announced today that necessary steps to achieve a fair peace should come from Israel after Bahrain and Israel announced a normalisation deal, Anadolu Agency reports.

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Israel should stop procedures to undermine the two-state solution and end its illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.

Jordan Says Ending Israeli Occupation, “Key” To Peace In Mideast

AMMAN, Sept 12 (NNN-PETRA) – Jordan said, ending the Israeli occupation and resolving Palestinian-Israeli conflict, based on the two-state solution, play the key role in realising peace in the Middle East.

Jordanian Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, made the remarks after the normalisation of ties between Israel and Bahrain was announced.

Safadi said, what is required to realise peace in the region is ending the Israeli occupation and stopping all Israeli measures that undermine the two-state solution.

Jordan says massive explosion rocks army base in Zarqa

AMMAN, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- A massive explosion rocked a military base in Zarqa Governorate when mortar bombs blew up in a facility affiliated to the army, said Jordanian official.

Preliminary investigations show that the explosion occurred due to a short circuit in the facility where the bombs were stored, said Amjad Adaileh, Jordan's Minister of State for Media Affairs.

The minister said that the facility is located in an unpopulated area and there has been no immediate reports of injuries so far.

Jordan orders youth army conscription in bid to tackle unemployment

10 Sep 2020; MEMO: Jordan has announced plans to conscript 25-29-year-olds into the army for a one-year period in an attempt to tackle rising unemployment in the country.

Plans for the scheme were officially agreed between Labour Minister Nidal Bataineh and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the Jordanian army Major General Yousef Huneiti, yesterday, under the supervision of Prime Minister Omar Razzaz.

Syria's Assad says he wants to expand Russian investments to help offset U.S. sanctions

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Monday he was keen to expand economic and business deals with Moscow, his closest ally, to help Syria weather crippling economic sanctions.

Assad, who gave the comments during a meeting in Damascus with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said he wanted to see Russian investments in key areas of the economy that had been agreed in the past succeed.

Jordan urges Israel to engage in direct, serious peace talks after deal with UAE

AMMAN, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Jordan on Thursday urged Israel to engage in direct and serious peace talks after a peace deal was announced between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.

The remarks were made by Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, who said Israel has to choose either the just peace that ends the occupation and resort to the two-state solution or continuing the conflict that is exacerbated by Israel's violations to the legitimate Palestinian rights.

Safadi said in a statement that the deal would be associated with Israel's actions in the post-agreement period.

Jordan To Hold Parliamentary Elections On Nov 10

AMMAN, July 30 (NNN-PETRA) – Jordan will hold its parliamentary elections on Nov 10, it was reported yesterday (Wednesday).

The date was set hours after King Abdullah issued a royal decree, ordering the parliamentary elections to be held.

Under the 2016 Elections Law, the Independent Election Commission will set the election date within ten days, after the royal decree orders the parliamentary elections.

Jordan king calls for parliamentary elections

30 July 2020; MEMO: King Abdullah II of Jordan yesterday issued a decree to hold parliamentary elections in the country, the Royal Court announced.

“The Board of Commissioners of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday announced that parliamentary elections will be held on November 10th later this year,” Petra news agency reported.

The royal decree means the dissolution of the parliament, which was elected on 20 September 2016, and the imminent departure of the government.

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