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Schenker affirms his country's commitment to Jordan's security

[9/12/2019 9:17:17 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker affirmed his country's commitment to Jordan's stability and the economic prosperity of the Jordanian people. In a statement put out by the US embassy in Amman on Thursday, Schenker, who is currently here for his first official visit, said:"It’s a pleasure to return to Jordan as a diplomat and see for myself the strength of a strategic partnership that goes back over seven decades. The United States and the American people are committed to the stability of Jordan and economic prosperity for the Jordanian people." Assistant Secretary Schenker’s regional visit also includes stops in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Lebanon for discussions on security and economic issues with government and civil society leaders. During his trip, Assistant Secretary Schenker is emphasizing the importance of the bilateral relationships and underscoring the United States’ deep commitment to continue working with our partners and allies in the region toward stability in the Middle East and North Africa, the statement pointed out.

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Amman Summons Israeli Ambassador Demanding Release of Jordanians

[9/11/2019 7:47:49 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Jordan's Foreign Ministry summoned Tuesday the Israeli ambassador to Amman Amir Weissbrod to demand the immediate release of two Jordanian citizens arrested by the Israeli authorities, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported. Spokesperson Sufian Qudah said the Ministry is trying through all the diplomatic, political and legal means available to release the two Jordanians, Abdulrahman Meri and Hiba Abdulbaqi, who were arrested by the Israeli authorities after crossing the King Hussein Bridge in the area between the two countries. Qudah announced that the Ministry also demanded it be informed with the charges facing Meri and Abdulbaqi and updated throughout the course of the investigation. He added that the ambassador was urged to guarantee the protection of the Jordanians' legal rights. The Jordanian consul visited Meri to follow up on the case and check up on the conditions of his detention, and Abdulbaqi’s sister, who was with Hiba at the time of the arrest, managed to return to the Kingdom through the King Hussein Bridge, added the spokesman. AFP quoted a source in the Ministry as saying that Abdulbaqi was arrested on August 20, while Meri was arrested on September 2. Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1994.

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KADDB signs agreement to increase light weapons ammunition production

[9/8/2019 7:57:45 AM]

AMMONNEWS - King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) announced on Sunday it has signed a contract to expand its ammunition factory with a key international company to increase its production capacity to 30 million rounds annually from several types of light weapons ammunition. In a statement to Petra on Sunday, Major General (ret.) Mohammed Farghal, the Bureau's Director General, said KADDB's strategic plan since the establishment of its ammunition factory seeks to expand horizontally and vertically to produce most types of ammunition used in the Jordanian armed forces and security departments in economic quantities. This expansion, he affirmed, enables Jordan to meet the local and regional demand for ammunition at "appropriate" prices, stressing such a step will not be the last. Continuing:"The strategic plan includes increasing production of ammunition types in the future to manufacture medium and heavy ammunitions". The workforce in ammunition factory are all Jordanians, and technology in the ammunition industry will be localized to maintain the KADDB's strategic objective in investing in the Jordanian human potential, Farghal announced.

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Jordan, Iraq eye closer cooperation on activation of UNSC resolution No. 1325

[9/4/2019 4:13:23 PM]

AMMONNEWS - State Minister for Media Affairs, Chairperson of the Ministerial Committee for the Empowerment of Women, Jumana Ghneimat on Wednesday underlined the importance of stepping up coordination and cooperation between Jordan and Iraq to activate UN Security Council Resolution No. 1325 on women, security and peace. Speaking at a joint Jordanian-Iraqi meeting designed to share knowledge and know-how on how to implement the UNSC resolution, Ghneimat indicated that Jordan had taken many steps to activate UNSC Resolution 1325 on women, security and peace, through the development of a government plan, in coordination with the National Committee for Women's Affairs, and in cooperation with the donor community. The minister noted out that the Ministerial Committee for Women's Empowerment seeks to develop a national strategy for the empowerment of women for the years 2025 to 2020, in partnership with ministries, government institutions and civil society institutions, adding that the plan will be completed before the end of this year. Thikra Alloush, Mayor of Baghdad and Chairperson of the Higher National Committee for the Advancement of Iraqi Women, said Iraq seeks to leverage Arab expertise to draw up a national women strategy to activate the resolution.

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Jordanian murdered in California

[9/2/2019 3:06:22 PM]

AMMONNEWS - A Jordanian was murdered in San Bernardino in the American state of California, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, which said it was following up on the crime along with the Jordanian embassy in Washington. The Ministry's spokesman Sufian Qudah said Monday that it was checking with Californian authorities to unveil the identity of the perpetrators, adding that it was in contact with the family of the deceased to provide assistance. He expressed his condolences to the family.

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FM meets Swedish counterpart, discuss bilateral cooperation

[9/1/2019 3:25:14 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi and Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallstr?m have underscored the Jordanian-Swedish systematic work to finding wider scopes for economic, investment and commercial cooperation and to boost coordination on regional and international issues. During a meeting held in Amman, Safadi and Wallstr?m on Sunday expressed their pride in the "distinguished" relations the two countries enjoy in different fields. The two ministers discussed regional developments, especially those related to the Palestinian issue and the challenges facing efforts to resume Palestinian-Israeli peace talks that could end the conflict based on the two-state solution. They also discussed the financial crisis facing the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and ways to overcome it, which is necessary to allow the agency to continue providing its services to refugees. They agreed to continue concerted efforts to mobilize financial and political support for the Agency. The meeting highlighted developments in efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, the Yemeni crisis and the war on terrorism. In a joint press statement, Safadi affirmed the Kingdom's keenness to develop its relations with Sweden and praised Sweden for its support to Jordan to help it grapple with the fallout of the Syrian refugee crisis. Safadi appreciated Sweden's support for UNRWA, which was manifested in a partnership and continuous work with Jordan in organizing many events and conferences in cooperation with other supporters to help the Agency and meet its financial needs.

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Two-state solution, the only path to Mideast peace

[8/20/2019 3:47:46 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev Tuesday welcomed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi, who conveyed to him a verbal message from His Majesty King Abdullah II on ways of cementing ties and coordination on regional issues and common challenges. Safadi, who is on an official visit to Sifia, also met Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva. The Bulgarian leader and his Prime Minister commended Jordan's key role and ongoing efforts to boost security and stability in the Middle East, and emphasised their keen interest in enhancing ties in the various fields. In their talks, Safadi and his Bulgarian counterpart discussed ways of increasing economic, trade, tourism and educational relations as well as regional developments, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue, efforts to solve the Syrian crisis and the international fight against terrorism. In a joint press conference, Safadi and Zaharieva stressed the importance of the developing relations between the two countries, and the steps they have taken to boost cooperation since King Abdullah's meeting with the Bulgarian President in Amman last year. The ministers agreed that there is ample space and a common will to further deepen relations, citing preparations for a meeting of the Joint Jordanian-Bulgarian Economic Committee which will take place soon to discuss scopes of economic, trade and investment cooperation. They said that the two countries are working on agreements that are necessary to create an environment to stimulate bilateral trade and cooperation between the private sector in the two countries. Safadi pointed to "promising" prospects for wider economic cooperation, noting that Jordan is the gateway to regional markets and calling on the Bulgarian private sector to invest in the Kingdom and take advantage of the opportunities its economy provides. He also stressed that the Palestinian cause is the central issue in the region, stressing that the two-state solution, which guarantees the setting up of an independent Palestinian state along the lines of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, is the sole path to bring about comprehensive and lasting peace. Terrorism, he said, is a common enemy that Jordan will continue to confront in cooperation with the international community, noting the Kingdom's efforts to defeat the dark forces of terrorism, which is not affiliated to a particular civilisation or religion, and is not related in anyway to the values of peace and love that Islam represents. The Bulgarian minister stressed her country's interest in cementing relations with Jordan, which is an oasis of stability and a credible partner of Bulgaria and the European Union. During their meeting, Safadi and Zaharieva signed an agreement for partial visa exemptions for diplomats from the two countries.

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