Royal Jordanian eyes operating profit this year, CEO says

Friday, 13 October 2017

Royal Jordanian Airlines expects to make an operating profit this year as it pushes ahead with a turnaround plan, its chief executive told Reuters on Friday. “I am pretty confident that after the first five months of this year, which were not very good, that we are going to have an operating profit in this year,” Stefan Pichler, who took over as CEO in June, said on the sidelines of the CAPA global summit in London. “We’ve worked very hard to develop a turnaround ...

Two women charged with recruiting, promoting ISIS in Jordan

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Two women charged by a Jordanian State Security Court with recruitment for and promotion of a terrorist organization appeared in court on Wednesday. The two women stand accused of attempting to recruit members within Jordan to ISIS and promoting them through social media. According to Jordanian news agency Petra, the lawyer of the second defendant denied the accusation to court stating that his client does not even have a social media account on Facebook, adding that she is the mother of four ...

Germany redeploys anti-ISIS surveillance jets to Jordan

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Germany on Wednesday moved four Tornado jets flying surveillance missions against ISIS to Jordan after withdrawing them from Turkey amid a bilateral dispute, the defense ministry said. Berlin decided in June to pull out the contingent after Ankara repeatedly denied German lawmakers the right to visit about 250 German troops then stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik NATO base near Syria. As part of the move to Jordan, Germany reduced the Tornado fleet that takes high-resolution images of ...

Report: Syrian army, allies seize more of Jordanian frontier

Sunday, 1 October 2017

The Syrian army and its allies seized control of nine positions at Syria’s border with Jordan, expanding their control at the southern frontier, a military news outlet run by the Lebanese militia Hezbollah said on Saturday. The captured border positions were located to the southeast of Damascus, the report said, adding that militants had been killed and wounded during the attack. It did not identify the insurgents, or say when the positions had been captured. ...

Jordan’s young crown prince makes global debut in UN speech

Friday, 22 September 2017

Just a year out of college, Jordan’s crown prince has made his debut on the world’s biggest stage, addressing the UN General Assembly – the clearest sign yet that he is on a fast track to a prominent public role at home and abroad. The accelerated roll-out of 23-year-old Crown Prince Hussein underscores the continuity of the family - a reassuring prospect for Western and Arab allies who view the stability of the kingdom, a front-line state in the battle against extremism, as a ...

Military campaign against ISIS could push it to south Jordan, says King Abdullah

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Jordan's King Abdullah II says he is "deeply concerned" with the situation in southern Syria and that his country's border with Syria would only reopen "when the right security conditions materialize on the ground." The monarch told the state news agency Petra in an interview published Thursday that the military campaign against ISIS in Syria "could push it south toward Jordan" and that Jordan's top priority is to protect its border. The king also says that a ...

Syrian refugee camp in Jordan gets full-size soccer pitch

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The head of European soccer’s governing body and Jordan’s Prince Ali inaugurated a full-size soccer pitch Tuesday in the kingdom’s largest camp for Syrian refugees, part of efforts to bring a sense of normalcy to those faced with open-ended exile. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin kicked a ball around with Syrian children who joyfully ran onto the facility’s artificial grass after the ribbon-cutting. “I love football because it helps us fill our spare time,” ...

Lavrov’s visit to Riyadh and Amman comes at a right time

Sunday, 10 September 2017

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is experiencing a fundamental geopolitical transformation which has pushed both superpowers to get more involved in the affairs of the MENA region. The frequent visits of both American and Russian officials to the region reflect the importance they attach to it. Between 9-11 September, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Jordan as part of his tour to the Middle East region, which will later take him to Riyadh, where he shall meet Saudi ...

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Jubeir: Qatar crisis will continue until it stops supporting terrorism

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir said that there is a Saudi-Russian concern to coordinate in the face of the Qatari crisis during a press conference for the Saudi foreign minister and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Sunday in Jeddah as part of the Russian official’s visit to Saudi Arabia. “Qatar has learned what is required of it, and we want to see a serious desire to find a solution to the crisis,” Jubeir said. He added that the crisis would continue until Qatar stops ...

Will Jordan normalize relations with Syria?

Monday, 4 September 2017

Jordan has expressed optimism over the reopening of its border crossing in southern Syria, with government spokesman Mohammed Momani affirming that relations between the two sides were “heading in the right direction”. Expressing satisfaction at increased ‘stability’ in southern Syria, the Jordanian spokesman noted late last month, “If the current situation continues and southern Syria stabilizes, it would allow for the reopening of the crossing points between the ...

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