Ammon News, Jordan News

PM: King remained crystal clear on Baqoura, Ghamar

[11/11/2019 2:03:21 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said on Monday that His Majesty King Abdullah II has been, since more than a year, crystal clear on ending the Peace Treaty annexes on Al Ghamr and Baqura and the imposition of full Jordanian sovereignty on those lands. During the cabinet's weekly meeting, the Prime Minister said that there was no room for doubt or evasiveness or bargaining in the implementation of this decision on Baqura in the northwestern corner of the country and Al Ghamr, south of the Dead Sea. "This is a glorious day for Jordan, and a joyous day in the hearts of Jordanians," Razzaz said, adding that Baqoura and Ghamr are now under full Jordanian sovereignty. "No matter how long would it have taken, Jordan could not give up an inch of its territory, let alone two areas dear to the heart of every Jordanian citizen," the Prime Minister emphasized.

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Royal Decrees approve appointment of grand mufti, chief Islamic justice

[11/11/2019 2:00:20 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Amman A Royal Decree has been issued, approving the appointment of Sheikh Abdul Karim Khasawneh as grand mufti, as of 11 November 2019. Another Royal Decree was issued, approving the appointment of Abdul Hafez Rabtah as chief Islamic justice, as of 11 November 2019.

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King visits Al-Baqoura

[11/11/2019 7:23:00 AM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II has arrived in Al-Baqoura land this afternoon. Upon his arrival, King Abdullah performed Al Asr prayer (afternoon prayer). Roya cameras have recorded a video showing the moment when His Majesty arrived in the area.

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Jordan , Egypt, Pakistan conclude 'first of a kind' Dawn of East 1 military drills

[11/11/2019 7:26:31 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Jordanian , Egyptian and Pakistani militaries concluded an exercise Sunday in Pakistan codenamed Fajr Al-Sharq 1 (“Dawn of the East 1”), Egypt's Armed Forces spokesman said. The two-week drills saw the participation of Egyptian, Pakistani, and Jordanian special forces, along with representatives of several other countries as observers. In October, Egyptian paratroopers arrived in the Pakistani capital Islamabad to participate in the joint exercise. The exercise involved training explosives as well as medical aid operations. A conference was held between participating forces on achieving integration, contributing to the standardisation of operational concepts to carry out joint operations accurately and efficiently. The drills covered typical and non-typical events, in addition to training in counter-terrorism. The training represents a quantum leap for military relations between Egypt and Pakistan, as it is the first of its kind.

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Razzaz receives Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission's 2018 annual report

[11/11/2019 7:15:06 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister,Omar Razzaz, received on Monday a copy of the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission ((IACC)'s 2018 annual report, which sums up the commission's work and achievements over a year period. During his meeting with the IACC's Chairman, Muhannad Hijazi, and members, Razzaz lauded the work track of the commission, considered one of the most important supervisory bodies, and its pivotal role in preserving public funds, and fighting corruption and abuses in various sectors. During the meeting, which was attended by Minister of State for Prime Minister Affairs Sami Dawood, Razzaz stressed the government's support for the IACC "to strengthen its technical and administrative capabilities to enable it to carry out its full role in the fight against corruption, which is a top priority that enjoys the attention of every Jordanian citizen". He pointed to His Majesty King Abdullah II's continued emphasis on the need to fight corruption and enhance the standards of integrity and transparency as important leverages of the comprehensive reform process. The government, he said, appreciates the effort exerted in the commission's annual report, affirming all recommendations will be studied by all ministries and government institutions and dealt with to achieve the desired transparency and integrity. In turn, Dr. Hijazi presented the commission's main achievements, as mentioned in the report, in addition to what has been implemented in relation to the programs and projects of the National Strategy for Integrity and Anti-Corruption 2017-2025, pointing out the IACC's annual report 2018 included recommendations from the commission's perspective in following up on grievances and suggestions for improvement required in all directions.

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Mild weather expected Monday, unstable conditions on Wednesday

[11/11/2019 7:10:28 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The weather on Monday is expected to be generally mild, with clouds appearing at different altitudes, the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) said in its daily brief. Today, there is a chance of light showers, especially in southern Jordan, and thunderstorms in the south-eastern parts of the kingdom are also likely, according to the JMD. Winds, on the other hand, are expected to be southeasterly moderate, occasionally active and stirring dust, especially in the Badia. Tomorrow, mild weather conditions are prevailing, with clouds appearing at different altitudes, winds are expected to be southeasterly moderate, occasionally active and stirring dust, especially in the Badia. On Wednesday, the Kingdom is expected to witness unstable weather conditions, as a slight rise in temperatures is expected and weather will be mild in most areas and relatively hot temperatures in the Jordan Valley and Aqaba, with clouds appearing at different altitudes. The unstable weather conditions are expected to bring rainfall during the evening and at night in the northern, central, southern and eastern parts of the Kingdom, which would lead to flashfloods in these areas, and winds are expected to be southeasterly moderate, occasionally active and stirring dust, especially in the Badia. Temperatures in Amman are expected to range between 26 C during the day and 13 C at night, 28-14 in the northern and southern areas and 33-21 in Aqaba, the JMD said.

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No renewal or extension to the Baqoura and Ghumar annexes, says foreign ministry

[11/10/2019 3:02:56 PM]

AMMONNEWS - An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates ruled out any extension or renewal of the two annexes to the Jordanian-Israeli peace agreement, issued by two special regimes, to lease Baqoura and Ghumar lands to Israel. In a statement made to "Petra" on Sunday, the source said Jordan exercised its legal right as per the peace agreement not to renew the annexes, and respects its legal obligation to any rights arising from the treaty, which are limited to respecting private property in Baqoura and allowing the Israeli farmers to harvest their crops planted before termination of the annexes in Ghumar area according to Jordanian law. With regard to Baqoura, the source said the peace agreement recognized private ownership of 820 dunums, and that Jordan would allow any Israeli citizen, who proves his property ownership, to obtain a visa from the Jordanian Embassy in Tel Aviv to enter the Kingdom via official borders, adding the right of ownership will be respected in accordance with the Jordanian law. As for the Ghumar lands amounting to 4235 dunums, the source announced the area is owned by the Treasury of the Jordanian state, granting Israel under the peace treaty the "leasing" right, which has ended today with the termination of the two annexes. The Kingdom, in accordance with its legal obligations, will allow Israeli farmers to harvest crops planted prior to the expiry of the annexes, but according to Jordanian law, as visas will be granted to farmers through the Jordanian embassy in Tel Aviv to enter the area by law and without any exceptions, granted according to the annex, the source pointed out. The source said: This procedure will be only a one-off measure, until crops, consisting of vegetables only, are harvested.

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