Saudi King, Crown Prince discuss Jerusalem issue with Jordanian King

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held a session of official talks with King Abdullah of Jordan at his palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. They discussed the latest developments in the region, particularly those related to Jerusalem and the dangerous repercussions following the US decision recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving of its embassy to Jerusalem. They emphasized that the US decision will complicate the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in addition to the security and ...

ICC reports Jordan to UN Security Council for not arresting Sudan's Bashir

Monday, 11 December 2017

The International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Monday it would refer Jordan to the UN Security Council for failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he visited Amman in March. The court issued arrest warrants for Bashir in 2009 and 2010 over his alleged role in war crimes including genocide in Sudan's Darfur province. Jordan, as a member of the ICC, is obliged to carry out its arrest warrants. Sudan is not a member of the Hague-based permanent ...

If US shifts airbase to Jordan can China fill the void for Doha?

Friday, 1 December 2017

Will the US move its major airbase in Qatar (al-Udeid) to another in Jordan’s Azraq city and will China replace the US airbase in Doha? A report in the US military’s daily Stars and Stripes claims that the Pentagon wants to pump in $143 million into upgrades at the Muwaffaq Salti Airbase in Azraq, more than any other overseas Air Force operational site, which implies that the US is planning to leave al-Udeid Airbase in Qatar for various considerations. In February 2015, Washington ...

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British PM May embarks on visit to Saudi Arabia, Jordan

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May left London late Tuesday for a three-day visit to the Middle East, where she will meet Saudi and Jordanian leaders in a bid to bolster regional ties. The British leader will hold talks on issues including Qatar and Yemen with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, before heading to Jordan for meetings with King Abdullah II and Prime Minister Hani Mulki. "This visit demonstrates that as the UK leaves the EU we are determined to forge a bold, confident ...

Thousands return from Jordan to south Syria as ceasefire holds

Monday, 27 November 2017

Around 1,000 Syrians who sought refuge in Jordan have been returning home each month since July when a ceasefire for southern Syria took force, the UN said Monday.The ceasefire brokered by Jordan, Russia and the United States for the southern Syrian provinces of Daraa, Quneitra and Suweida has largely held since it came into force on July 9.Since then “the number of Syrians returning to the country voluntarily has increased”, Mohammed al-Hiwari, spokesman for the UN refugee agency ...

UAE executes Jordanian who raped, killed 8-year-old compatriot boy

Thursday, 23 November 2017

UAE authorities executed, Thursday morning, Nidal Eisa Abdullah, the convict who raped and killed eight-year-old boy Obaida in May 2016, local media reported. Dubai based newspaper Gulf News added quoted a chief prosecutor as saying “Today (Thursday) morning, the convict was taken from his confinement at Dubai Central Jail, where he had been waiting for the rulers approval to have the death sentence executed ... a special execution team carried out the sentence in the presence of high ...

Jordanian girl says she was sexually harassed by police officer, gets angry responses

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

An ever-growing controversy persists in Jordan after a girl said that she was harassed by a security office after she tried to report a case of sexual harassment at a security office. The girl’s story was being told in a youth talk show on the German channel Deutsche Welle, in collaboration with local channel Roya. However, one of the show’s attendees, former parliament member and lawyer Mahmoud al-Kharabsha pulled out in protest against the girl’s claims. The lawyer soon ...

Will 2018 be the year of high prices in Jordan?

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Economic experts have agreed that the general budget of Jordan for next year will depend on canceling of tax exemptions and customs duties applied on goods and lifting subsidies on bread, which may raise prices, while increasing the sales tax on a large number of processed food. Experts pointed out that these measures will necessarily lead to high inflation rate and a decline in the standard of living, noting that the fiscal deficit is still more than one billion dollars high after the ...

Jordan to build logistics airport for Syria, Iraq reconstruction

Monday, 20 November 2017

Jordan has signed an agreement with a leading American company and a number of international firms to construct a logistics airport and a major logistics center in the province of Mafraq to be a springboard for reconstruction work for Syria and Iraq. Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Ya’rub al-Qudah, said that the government has reached a deal to establish an airport for logistics services in Mafraq, 60 kilometers northeast of the capital Amman, close to the Jordanian-Syrian borders ...

Jordan plans new city to ease crowding, congestion

Monday, 6 November 2017

Jordan has announced plans to build a new city east of the capital Amman in order to ease rising population density and traffic congestion. The project to build the city some 30 kilometers (18.5 miles) from Amman was part of a drive to stimulate the economy and attract long-term investment, the government said in a statement published Sunday. Touted as “environmentally friendly, sustainable and smart”, the new city would be built on a major highway that links Jordan to Iraq and Saudi ...

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