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Cabinet approves water efficiency plan, Canadian grant, UN, UNESCO agreements

[3/19/2018 2:18:02 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Cabinet, on Sunday, gave the Ministry of Water and Irrigation the go-ahead for the implementation of a comprehensive plan to rehabilitate and increase the efficiency of water utilities for a number of major institutions in the Kingdom, in addition to conducting a water metering to determine consumption and possible rationalization. The plan, carried out by the ministry in cooperation with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), is part of the ministry's scheme to preserve and protect water resources, rationalize consumption and reduce losses. In the cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister, Hani Mulki, the government also approved a grant agreement with Canada, under which the Canadian Government will provide 75 million Canadian dollars (about $40 million) over the next five years (2018-2022) as direct support to the education sector. On the other hand, the government approved an agreement between Jordan and the United Nations on binding participations with the UN peacekeeping force on the level of the rapid deployment. The agreement aims at promoting cooperation between Jordan and the United Nations in the areas of peacekeeping, operational readiness and participation in peacekeeping operations within agreed frameworks for all participating forces of all peacekeeping missions. Also, the cabinet approved proposals submitted by the World Heritage Mission of UNESCO for the protection of Petra and preserve its value as one of the seven wonders of the world and its advanced position on the world tourism map.

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King leaves for Netherlands for official visit

[3/19/2018 2:16:13 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II, accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, left on Monday for an official visit to the Netherlands at the invitation of King Willem-Alexander. During the visit, His Majesty will meet King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, as well as Dutch Prime Minister, President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives. The King will also meet representatives of the security and defense institutions and a group of business leaders in the Netherlands. The King will be the keynote speaker in a meeting with a group of students from the Netherlands and other countries participating in the World Class The Hague programme, organized by the City of The Hague, in partnership with Dutch universities. His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Al-Hussein was sworn in as regent in presence of the Cabinet members.

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Abbas accuses Hamas of attempting to assassinate Palestinian prime minister

[3/19/2018 2:13:41 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Hamas of attempting to assassinate Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. *Al Arabiya

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PM urges police firmness, fairness in law enforcement

[3/19/2018 2:11:52 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister Hani Mulki praised the Public Security Department's (PSD) efforts to protect lives and property and preserve national achievements, and urged firmness and fairness in the enforcement of the law. In a meeting with PSD Director-General, Maj. Gen. Fadel Al-Hamoud, attended by Interior Minister Samir Mubaidin, the prime minister said the public security personnel's round-the-clock policing and social services are of an advanced level that is most admirable and commendable. He vowed zero-tolerence in enforcing the rule of law, and stressed the need to impose the prestige of the state equally on all, pursue the outlaws and bring them to justice. He also reiterated the government's full support of the PSD to enable it to carry out its duties and key tasks, especially in combating crime, preserving national gains and providing security to all citizens and those living in the country. The Prime Minister pointed out that the government's vision of economic reform, attracting investment and stimulating the economy can not succeed without creating the appropriate security environment and fairly imposing the rule of law. He urged the department to review all its security plans and strategies and promptly modify and update them "in line with societal and political variables, and in a manner to contribute to improving the police service and curb crime." For his part, Hamoud said that his security agency was aware of the challenges facing the country and the responsibility it undertakes in enforcing the law, maintaining security and stability and providing security for all those living in the Kingdom. He said the PSD should revisit its security strategy and upgrade it in accordance with the security, criminal and traffic developments to keep pace with advancements in the policing work.

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Royal Decree issued approving appointment of three universities' presidents

[3/19/2018 2:08:15 PM]

AMMONNEWS - A Royal Decree was issued approving the appointment of Dr. Saeb Khreisat as President of the University of Science and Technology, Dr. Zaidan Kafafi as President of Yarmouk University and Dr. Najeeb Abu Karaki as President of Al Hussein Bin Talal University for a four-year term beginning on March 18, 2018. This is in accordance with the provisions of Article 6 / A / 6 of the Law of Higher Education and Scientific Research No. 23 of 2009 and its amendments and Article 12 / B of the Jordanian Universities' Law No. 20 of 2009 and its amendments.

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King receives UAE FM

[3/13/2018 9:55:18 AM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II on Tuesday received Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and discussed with him bilateral ties and the latest developments in the region. During the meeting, held at the al-Husainiah Palace, King Abdullah underscored the "long-standing and deep ties" between the two brotherly countries and voiced keenness to foster prospects of cooperation in various fields. The meeting, continued over a lunch banquet, touched on the two-way high-level coordination and cooperation on Mideast regional crises, in an effort to realize peace, security and stability in the region and to serve pan-Arab issues. King Abdullah expressed appreciation for UAE's continued support to Jordan to help the Kingdom carry out its developmental ventures. The King, moreover, underlined the importance of expanding UAE's investments in the Kingdom, noting the competitive privileges Jordan's economy provides for investors in various vital sectors. Discussions also tackled challenges and current crises in the Middle East and some Arab countries, as well as efforts to reach political solutions to them to bring about peace and security to the region. On the Palestinian issue, King Abdullah emphasized that the next Arab summit would unify Arab stances supporting the Palestinian people in establishing their sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital. In turn, UAE's minister commended Jordan's role in supporting Arab and Islamic issues, as well as the Kingdom's endeavors to achieve peace and security in the Middle East. He voiced his country's commitment on bolstering cooperation with Jordan in various domains to serve their mutual interests. Sheikh Abdullah also underlined the important strategic role Jordan plays in the region, voicing UAE's eagerness to stand by the Kingdom to overcome its challenges and press ahead with economic and developmental projects. The meeting was attended by Chief of the Royal Court, Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs, Adviser to the King and Director of His Majesty's Office and the UAE Ambassador in Amman.

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British PM May embarks on visit to Saudi Arabia, Jordan

[11/28/2017 6:26:06 PM]

AMMONNEWS - 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 future for ourselves in the world, a spokesman for May said. "It is clearly in the UK's security interests to support Jordan and Saudi Arabia in tackling regional challenges to create a more stable region, and in delivering their ambitious reform programs to ensure their own stability," he added. May, embattled domestically after losing her parliamentary majority in a snap election over the summer and facing division over Brexit, visited both countries in April. In Saudi Arabia, she is expected to reiterate her support for the kingdom's social reform program, which saw an end to the ban on women driving last September. Britain's largest trading partner in the Middle East, London has signed off on more than $4.4 billion worth of arms sales to Riyadh since March 2015. *AFP

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