Jordan Says Holding China-Arab States Cooperation Forum Shows Keenness To Boost Mutual Ties

AMMAN, July 7 (NNN-PETRA) – Jordan said, holding the 9th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF), shows commitment of the Arab states and China to cooperate and achieving mutual interests.

Jordanian Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, made the remarks at the opening of the meeting Monday, where he stressed that holding the event online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, shows the connections of all countries and the importance of multilateral international action to face challenges.

Jordan Condemns Israeli Decision To Install Elevator In Occupied Jerusalem

AMMAN, June 29 (NNN-PETRA) – Jordan, on Sunday, condemned an Israeli decision, to install an elevator, linking parts of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem, with the Buraq Wall, which is also known as the Western Wall or Wailing Wall.

Expressing Jordan’s rejection to all unilateral Israeli measures, Daifallah Fayez, spokesman of the kingdom’s foreign ministry, said, this project will change the nature of the Old City and its Arab identity, according to a ministry statement.

Jordan, Netherlands Reaffirm Rejection To Israeli Plan To Annex Palestinian Lands

AMMAN, June 23 (NNN-PETRA) – Jordan and the Netherlands, on Monday, reaffirmed their rejection to Israel’s plan to annex Palestinian territories, according to the Jordanian foreign ministry.

The remarks were made during a phone call between Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, and his Dutch counterpart, Stef Blok.

They examined the latest developments of the Palestinian cause, mainly Israeli threats to regional peace about annexing Palestinian lands.

Jordan Takes Measures To Restore Tourism Amid COVID-19

AMMAN, June 16 (NNN-PETRA) – Jordan, on Monday, took several measures to mitigate the impact of coronavirus on the tourism sector.

Under the new decisions, sales tax on the tourism sector was reduced from 16 percent to eight percent, and the government allocated 150 million dinars (around 210 million U.S. dollars) as financing programmes to help the tourism establishments.

As part of the financing programme, loans at low-interest rates will be extended to establishments working in the tourism sector, Jordanian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Majd Shwiekeh said.

University of Jordan faces backlash for inviting Israel-US academic to online workshop

08 June 2020; MEMO: The University of Jordan is facing a backlash on social media after it extended an invitation to an Israeli-American academic to give a lecture during an online workshop, the New Arab reports.

According to the report, a “pro-Palestine committee” has condemned the university, claiming the invitation is an attempt at normalisation.

Jordan warns Israel of consequences over annexation

03 June 2020; MEMO: Jordan’s foreign minister warned Tuesday of serious consequences in terms of his country’s relations with Tel Aviv and for peace in the region if Israel annexes parts of the West Bank and Jordan Valley, reports Anadolu Agency.

According to a statement from Jordan’s Foreign Ministry, Ayman Safadi took part in a ministerial meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee for aid to Palestinians via videoconference.

Jordan Warns Of “Catastrophic” Consequences Of Israeli Annexation Of West Bank

AMMAN, May 28 (NNN-PETRA) – Jordan warned, on Wednesday, that the Israeli annexation of occupied Palestinian territories is a breach of international law and will undermine regional peace.

The remarks were made by Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi, during a phone call with THE United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, on Wednesday.

Jordan man shot by Israel police near border

21 May 2020; MEMO: The Jordanian government announced yesterday that it was following up on the shooting of a Jordanian citizen by the Israeli army through official and diplomatic channels, Petra news agency reported.

Petra quoted an unnamed government source as saying that the 49-year-old was wounded at dawn yesterday by the Israeli army after he crossed the international border separating the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Israel in the northern region of Baqoura.

Jordan siphoned $3bn foreign aid to offshore accounts, World Bank analysis shows

19 May 2020; MEMO: Jordan has topped a list of countries which appear to have siphoned large sums of foreign aid into offshore bank accounts, World Bank analysis shows.

In 2018-19, Jordan received £2.13 billion ($2.6 billion) in foreign aid, including £110 million ($134 million) from Britain.

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