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Hashemite custodianship of Jerusalem holy sites "legitimate responsibility"

[3/23/2019 10:35:56 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Jordan, Christoforos Attallah said the Hashemite custodianship of the holy sites in Jerusalem is the legitimate custodianship with its religious, spiritual and national dimensions . The Archbishop said in a statement to Jordan News Agency, Petra that the Christians of the holy lands and the Levant support the Hashemite custodianship and are keen to ensure its continuity. He also pointed out the role of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate as a national and local church, adding that it is the historical and legitimate owner of the majority of the Christian holy places in Jordan and Palestine, and represents the Christians of the holy lands.

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Jordan's Prince El Hassan Bin Talal: NZ showing solidarity and 'oneness'

[3/22/2019 2:30:19 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan. Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan. Photo: Photo / AFP Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not only used footage taken by Friday's lone gunman as part of his campaign, but also criticised the Anzacs for their role in Gallipoli and threatened to send New Zealanders and Australians who came to his country with anti-Islam sentiment, back in a casket. Mr Erdogan later wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, praising her leadership. Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, who's in New Zealand and plans to visit Christchurch tomorrow, has made it clear that populism and extremism are not characteristic of this country. "I think that that should shine through," he told RNZ. "I hope you will not be caught in a trap of the war of words, that is a war of polarity and of hatred. I hope you will live up always to conviviality, of compassion and of respect to the other." Prince Hassan said in Jordan they commemorated Anzac Day victims and also commemorated the Turkish soldiers fallen. "And, so in the spirit of Gallipoli we shall continue to do that. And I don't want to say anything more about current politics." The prince praised New Zealand for its response to the terror that struck it last Friday. "It is simply impossible not to take heed of the goodness, of the kotahitanga, of New Zealanders," he said. "And I think that a world at war with itself can only find serenity in the example of the compassion and the love that New Zealanders have shown." He said in Jordan there was a feeling of "dullness and anguish" that even in a country so far away, in a beautiful paradise that many escaping wars and strife in their home countries are now blessed to call home, that evil should be purveyed. "It was a feeling again of anger, that once again core believers should be targeted," the Prince said. "It was a very mature reaction, but a very sad one, particularly for the families of the bereaved who've flown out." On the changes to gun laws announced by the prime minister yesterday, Prince Hassan said New Zealand has a voice, which he predicts could find solidarity with many other countries and peoples. He hopes an opportunity like this one will not be wasted. "Bigger, stronger, weaker, poorer - it doesn't matter. The main thing is to work on the right to respect, as we once worked on the right to protect." *RNZ

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Golan Heights are occupied Syrian territory

[3/22/2019 2:20:50 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, stressed that Golan Heights are occupied Syrian territory, according to all international legitimacy resolutions. Safadi told Petra that comprehensive solution requires an Israeli withdrawal from all occupied Arab territories, adding that Golan Heights constitute integral part of the territory occupied in 1967. Safadi noted to the UN Security Council resolution 497 (1981), which stipulated that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect. Safadi, in a joint press conference in Amman in January with his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo, reiterated Jordan's position towards Golan Heights, saying that the Golan Heights are occupied Syrian territory, this is the Jordanian position and this is the international position.

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Saudi Ambassador: We support Hashemite custodianship of Jerusalem holy sites

[3/19/2019 7:40:02 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to Jordan, Prince Khalid bin Faisal bin Turki, Monday confirmed his country's full support for the Hashemite custodianship over the Islamic and Christian sanctities in Jerusalem. During a meeting with the president and members of the "Jordanian Women Parliamentarians Forum", the ambassador also reiterated the Saudi full support to the Palestinian issue, stressing that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine. In the meeting, which was held at the Saudi Embassy in Amman, the ambassador briefed the participants on his country efforts to empower women in the Saudi society, and other steps taken to support women's rights in all walks of life. "Some 30 women were appointed in the Kingdom's Shura Council which consists of 150 members", he added. Key aspects of Saudi Arabia 2030 vision stress that Saudi women are important elements in the society that must be given full opportunities to enable them to engage in the country's debates, discussions and dialogues at all levels in order to be partners in the decision-making process . The ambassador also highlighted his country's Foreign Ministry new initiative to appoint Saudi women as diplomats and other leading positions to represent their country abroad. Bin Turki outlined his country's full support to Jordan to help it overcome economic challenges, pointing to projects that have been implemented and other ventures to be completed in the near future. "The distinguished Jordanian- Saudi relations are based on common goals and views and deep-rooted principles of trust and mutual respect established by the leaderships of the two brotherly countries, the President of the Jordanian Women Parliamentarians Forum, Sabah Al-Shaar said. Al-Shaar called for raising the level of cooperation between the two countries and activating the partnership between the forum and women in the Saudi Shoura Council. The meeting also aimed to extend an official invitation to women members of the Shoura Council to visit Jordan and exchange parliamentary experiences related to legislation, supervision and to boost relations in all fields, she added.

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Jordan, US Discuss Opportunities to Bolster Strategic Partnership

[3/13/2019 6:55:16 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The King affirmed Jordan’s keenness to advance cooperation with the US, especially in the economic sector, expressing the Kingdom’s appreciation for US support for development projects, a Royal Court statement said. Discussions at the meeting covered regional and global efforts to counter terrorism within a holistic approach, with His Majesty referring to the round of Aqaba meetings hosted recently by the US in partnership with Jordan to follow up on and coordinate international efforts to fight terrorism.Also on Monday, King Abdullah met with US National Security Adviser John Bolton and discussed the two countries’ partnership and regional issues as well. Discussions at the meeting covered the importance of maintaining coordination between Jordan and the US on issues of mutual concern, in service of regional security and stability. The meeting also addressed regional and international efforts to counter terrorism within a holistic approach. Bolton expressed the US’ appreciation for Jordan’s important role, led by King Abdullah, in pursuit of regional peace and stability. King Abdullah’s meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday covered means to advance Jordanian-US relations and means to reach political solutions to regional crises. His Majesty expressed Jordan's appreciation for the support provided by the US to development projects and programmes, the statement added. Pompeo reaffirmed the US’ keenness to support Jordan, expand cooperation and continue coordination on various issues. His Majesty also expressed appreciation for the US’ participation in the recent London initiative, held to support Jordan’s economy. The King also met with US acting secretary of defence, Patrick Shanahan, to discuss military and defence cooperation between Jordan and the US, according to the statement. The meeting covered the latest developments in the Middle East, efforts to reach political solutions to regional crises, efforts to fight terrorism within a holistic approach and Jordanian-US cooperation in this regard. For his part, Shanahan expressed his country’s appreciation for King Abdullah’s leadership and his efforts to ensure security and stability in the region, commending the level of partnership between the two countries, the statement added. Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Jordan’s Ambassador to the US Dina Kawar attended Monday’s meetings, the statement said. *JT

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British ambassador voices his country's continued support to Jordan

[3/11/2019 7:46:19 AM]

AMMONNEWS - British Ambassador to Jordan Edward Oakden stressed Britain's commitment to support Jordan in the security, economic, political and educational fields. The ambassador made the remarks during a press meeting at the British Embassy in Amman yesterday that focused on the outcome of the London 2019 Initiative Conference held in London last month to support and develop the Jordanian economy. "Our support for Jordan is constant and will continue," he said, adding that the London initiative was successful by all means and had put Jordan on the right track with regard to the economic transformation process. "The conference also led to a new partnership between the international community and Jordan," the ambassador said, noting that this partnership will support Jordan's efforts and plans to achieve growth and development . "The next five years will see economic reforms in Jordan in line with a plan to launch growth, investment, employment and achieve self-reliance," he said, adding that a committee representing all concerned parties has been formed, and will periodically meet to follow up on the economic transformation process in Jordan and implement the plan. Oakden pointed out that there are eight Jordanian sectors in which growth can be achieved, noting that these sectors have been identified in cooperation with Oxford University and several specialized bodies. These sectors, he added include services, tourism, renewable energy, health and education, and high quality services, pointing to the importance of specific programs to achieve economic transformation. The ambassador said that his country is aware of the challenges facing Jordan and that economic growth and job creation are necessary to meet these challenges. "As the region began to regain stability and with the opening of the borders with Iraq, Jordan is able to implement a reform plan in cooperation and partnership between the government and the private sector and funding institutions for the coming years". The ambassador revealed that he will meet Jordanian businessmen and economic figures next week to brief them about the outputs of the initiative and emphasize the importance of partnership between the public and private sectors to achieve economic transformation, create jobs, and achieve economic growth. Oakden stressed the importance of the Brussels conference which will be held tomorrow to discuss means to support the Syrian refugees and their host countries, especially Jordan, pointing out that the support should be directed to vital sectors such as education, health and others.

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ICAO holds 1st coordination meeting on air traffic flow from Syria

[3/10/2019 10:55:37 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on Sunday held its first regional coordination meeting which focuses on safe operation procedures of air traffic flow through Syrian airspace and its neighboring countries. The meeting, hosted by the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (CARC), also tackles challenges encountering air traffic flow and actions recommended to surmount those difficulties, thus supporting civil aviation authorities' decision to fly over the Syrian airspace. The two-day meeting saw the participation of experts from civil aviation public bodies from several countries in the Middle East, and members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as well as local and international airlines.

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