Ammon News, Jordan News

Iran Revolutionary Guards: Our frontlines are in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

[6/23/2018 9:25:04 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Iranian officials occasionally boast about their meddling in the affairs of neighboring countries, but the most recent example of this was seen when the deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corp, Brigadier General Hussein Salami, described the interference as an art practiced by the Islamic Republic in the region. Iranian students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported Salami's statement during an event on Basij Day at Fardusi University in Mashhad city, northeast of Iran. General Salami said his country succeeded in taking the battle with the “enemy” to far distances, describing Iraq, Lebanon and Syria as the frontlines of Iran’s war with its “enemies,” according to his statement. The elite Quds Force unit, the military arm of the Revolutionary Guards, has openly allied with militias and provided them with weapons in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq in recent years. Salami said that as time progresses, “our revolution” has grown and "enemy" frontlines have widened. The Iranian general said Iran lacked an organized force and that "the art of the revolution lies in its strength to engage the enemy in large areas," in reference to Iranian military intervention in other countries, referring indirectly to Lebanon's Hezbollah and claiming that Hezbollah could shift the balance of power in the Middle East and become a deterrent element for Iran’s interests and by that, "Israel’s hopes will diminish." Salami boasted about the militias his country created in Syria, noting that Israel sees the manifestations of this force when it hears the various languages of Urdu, Afghani, Indian, Yemeni and Farsi, and that Israel feels the existence of what he described as “the International Islamic Force” near its borders, adding that America and Europe are powerless in the face of this force. *Al Arabiya

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Moderate conditions prevail over next two days

[6/23/2018 9:21:21 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Normal summer conditions will prevail over hilly areas on Saturday while its will be relatively hot in the other parts of the Kingdom with north westerly moderate to brisk winds blowing dust in the desert areas, according to Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD). Similar conditions will continue across the Kingdom on Sunday and Monday with north westerly moderate to brisk winds, the JMD added. Temperatures in Amman for today will range between a high of 31 degrees Celsius and a low of 20 degrees while mercury levels in Aqaba will reach a high of 42 degrees sliding down to 28 degrees at night.

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King departs on working visit to US

[6/21/2018 1:57:51 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah departed on Thursday on a working visit to Washington, DC. King Abdullah, who will be joined during the visit by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, will hold talks with United States President Donald Trump at the White House, on the strategic partnership between the two countries, as well as current regional and international developments. Also during the visit, which will continue for several days, His Majesty will meet with a number of senior US administration officials, and with committees at the US Senate and House of Representatives. The King is scheduled to meet with the Senate and House leaderships, as well as the Senate committees on armed services, foreign relations, and appropriations; and the House committees on armed services and foreign affairs, in addition to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programmes. In Amman, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II was sworn in as Regent in the presence of Cabinet members.

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King, Merkel hold talks on ties, region

[6/21/2018 1:51:41 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II, on Thursday, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks at Al- Hussainiyah Palace focusing on strategic partnership, regional and international developments as well. In joint press remarks, His Majesty said: " I think your visit, Madam Chancellor, indicates the significance you attach to this visit, which we highly appreciate and welcome". Speaking about Jordanian-German ties, His stressed that the ties between the two countries have grown stronger and said: " Throughout this year, I have had the chance to meet and coordinate with my dear friend, Your Excellency Madame Chancellor, as well as His Excellency the President and the Minister of Defence". His Majesty stressed: " And Jordan highly appreciates its close friendship with Germany and your country’s continued support for our development efforts, namely in our education and water sectors", noting that, " As the largest donor at the Brussels conference, Germany understands the great burden of the Syrian refugee crisis and is providing generous assistance to host countries such as Jordan". His Majesty added, " As we work towards further enhancing our economic ties, the business leaders accompanying you today have the chance to explore the unique opportunities Jordan has to offer in terms of investments and human resources". And, " This is a huge potential to increase investment and trade by utilising the EU-Jordan Rules of Origin agreement, and we have long been working with Germany and the European Union to capitalise on this effort". The King also said: " On key regional files, we share a common view and understanding," adding that, " Our defence and security cooperation has helped enhance the security of both our countries, but also throughout the wider region". On Palestine, His Majesty said that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict remains the region’s key issue, and Germany and the EU have a major role to play in advancing peace efforts, based on the two-state solution. His Majesty pointed out that there can be no peace nor stability in the region without a just and lasting solution that leads to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side with Israel in peace and security. On Jerusalem, the King stressed that Jordan remains committed to upholding its role, as well as its responsibility as Custodian of Islamic and Christian holy sites. On the Syria crisis, His Majesty said: " We also see eye to eye on the need for a political solution in Syria that guarantees the country’s territorial integrity and the unity of its people". His Majesty also said: " These are some of the topics that we continue to discuss and coordinate on, and we are committed to continuing our cooperation". Speaking to Merkel, His Majesty said: " Madam Chancellor, again, I thank you for the support of our country, our people, your continued leadership in the region, and we are delighted to have you back here, and this is a tremendous, generous opportunity for us to thank you for your friendship and support".

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Ministers file financial disclosure

[6/21/2018 1:50:23 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Members of the Cabinet on Thursday filed financial disclosures in accordance with the Illicit Gains law. Prime Minister, Omar Razzaz, had urged all ministers and senior officials to declare their financial disclosures as soon as possible. The Illicit Gains law requires the Prime Minister, Cabinet members and senior officials to provide their own financial disclosure and those of their wives’ and minor children as well within a period of 60 days.

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Merkel visits refugee host Jordan amid migration row at home

[6/21/2018 4:14:22 AM]

AMMONNEWS - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday visited Jordan, a major refugee host country, amid an escalating domestic conflict over migration that has shaken her coalition government. In a town hall meeting with students at the German Jordanian University, she largely stayed clear of the migration debate, but said that a majority in Germany believe that "we must be an open country," provided there are some controls. At home, she is locked in a dispute with Bavaria's Christian Social Union over the party's demand that some migrants be turned back at Germany's borders. It has given her two weeks to reach agreement with European partners. Leaders from a group of European Union countries, led by Germany and France, will meet Sunday to thrash out possible solutions. Hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians, including some initially hosted by Jordan, have migrated onward to Europe, with Germany a key destination. Meanwhile, regional host countries, such as Jordan and Lebanon, have said they are shouldering a disproportionately heavy refugee burden, but are not receiving sufficient international support. Jordan hosts some 660,000 registered Syrian refugees, but says the actual number of displaced Syrians in the kingdom is twice as high. In Lebanon, an estimated one in four residents is a refugee. Merkel is to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah II later Thursday before heading to Lebanon. *AP

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Army foils infiltration, drug smuggling attempt

[6/21/2018 4:10:35 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The eastern military command, in coordination with the Anti-Narcotics Department (AND) and the Military Security Department, late Wednesday foiled an attempt to smuggle a large amount of drugs into the Kingdom from Syria, a Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army source said. The military source added that the rules of engagement were applied, after Border Guards spotted a number of persons who were trying to infiltrate the borders and forced them to retreat to Syria. After searching the area, a number of bags containing 1.197.000 Captagon pills and a Browning gun were seized and referred to the concerned authorities, the source said.

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