Ammon News, Jordan News

Pakistani President receives Senate President

[4/25/2017 3:18:38 PM]

AMMONNEWS - President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday received Senate President, Faisal Al Fayez, who conveyed His Majesty King Abdullah II's greetings and wishes to Pakistan and its people for progress and prosperity. Al Fayez is visiting Pakistan on an official invitation from Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, Mian Raza Rabbani. President Hussain said his country is keen to further promote bilateral relations between the two friendly countries. He commended the Pakistani-Jordanian relations and said they are based on respect and common interests, noting that diplomatic and political ties between the two countries are witnessing further development and progress. He said he understood the challenges facing Jordan due to the current situation in the Middle East, expressing appreciation of the Kingdom's great humanitarian role towards the Syrian refugees and King Abdullah's role in ending crises and conflicts in the region. Al Fayez praised ties between the two countries and briefed President Hussain on local and regional conditions, including economic challenges facing Jordan due to hosting a large number of Syrian refugees, as well as the Palestinian issue, the Syrian crises and efforts to fight terrorism.

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King, Australian Defence Minister discuss region, fight against terrorism

[4/25/2017 9:03:34 AM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II Tuesday received Australian Minister for Defence, Marise Payne, for talks on military ties and developments in the region, especially Syrian and Iraq. During the meeting, held at the Al Hussainiah Palace, King Abdullah reviewed developments related to the war against terrorism. His Majesty and the Austrian minister said cooperation and coordination should be stepped up among concerned parties in the region and beyond to combat terrorism, which threatens global security and stability. The meeting was attended by the Royal Court Chief, King's Office Director, and the Australian Ambassador in Amman.

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Jordan remembers Queen Zein Al Sharaf

[4/25/2017 6:15:43 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Jordan on Wednesday will commemorate the life of Her Majesty Queen Zein Al Sharaf, the late Queen Mother, who passed away twenty-three years ago. H.M Queen Zein Al Sharaf was born on August 2nd, 1916, the daughter of Sharif Jamil bin Nasser, Governor of Huran, and nephew of Sharif Hussein bin Ali of Mecca and Wijdan Hanim, daughter of Shakir Pasha, Governor of Cyprus. In 1934, she was married to His Majesty King Talal bin Abdullah, and together they had three sons, His Majesty the late King Hussein, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammad, and His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan, and one daughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Basma. Queen Zein was a highly respected, much loved figure in Jordan who represented strength, wisdom and courage throughout many years, challenging times and pivotal events in the country’s history. A pioneer of the women’s movement, Queen Zein's own leadership qualities, combined with her strong Islamic values made her an example for Arab and Muslim women everywhere. In 1944 she created the first women’s union in Jordan, and in 1948 she was instrumental in establishing the women’s branch of the Red Crescent Society. Queen Zein is widely acknowledged to have played an important role in the political development of the Kingdom in the 1950’s, also contributing to the writing of the 1952 Constitution that gave full rights to women. Queen Zein led national humanitarian relief efforts for thousands of Palestinian refugees who came to Jordan following the war of 1948. She was committed to young orphans, establishing the Mabarrat Um Al Hussein Orphanage in Amman, which still bears her name today, and to which she remained dedicated until the end of her life. Over the years, Queen Zein’s steadfast commitment to her country, and her relationship with its people earned her the title ‘Um al Urduneen’- ‘Mother of Jordanians’. Her passing away on April 26th, 1994 marked the closing of an important chapter in the history of Jordan, but her memory remains a source of pride, close to the nation’s heart.

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Jordan sends humanitarian aid to Iraq's Kurdistan

[4/25/2017 6:14:55 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO), in cooperation with the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army, sent a plane laden with humanitarian, medical and in-kind aid to Iraq's Kurdistan region. The aid comes to enable Kurdistan to shoulder the increasing burden resulting from hosting tens of thousands of Iraqis fleeing to the region, especially from Mosul. JHCO Secretary General Ayman Mifleh said upon Royal directives, a plane laden with 15 tons of medical and in-kind aid, left for Irbil in Iraq to distribute the aid to needy peoples.

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Pleasant weather forecast till Thursday

[4/25/2017 6:13:04 AM]

AMMONNEWS - A rise in temperatures is expected on Tuesday, becoming around their annual average and creating warm and pleasant conditions across much of the country. According to the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) daily brief, winds will be northeasterly to northwesterly moderate. A further rise in mercury levels is also forecast over the next two days, but spring weather will continue to prevail until Thursday in most parts of the country, while it will be hot in the Dead Sea , the Jordan Valley and Aqaba, the JMD added. Daytime temperatures expected for today in much of the country will reach a high of 24 degrees Celsius, dropping down to 14 degrees in Amman and 15 in the northern regions . Mercury levels in the Gulf of Aqaba will hit 33 degrees dropping down to 22 at night, the JMD said.

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Jordan, Australia sign two agreements for judicial cooperation

[4/24/2017 4:11:56 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Jordan and Australia on Monday signed two agreements to enhance cooperation in the judicial domain, particularly in mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and extradition of criminals. The agreements were inked by Minister of Justice, Awad Abu Jarad and Australia's Justice Minister/ Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter-Terrorism Michael Keenan. Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki, who oversaw the signing ceremony, met with the Australian minister and discussed with him ways to boost ties between the two countries.

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Syria says it will halt passport renewals in Jordan

[4/24/2017 4:00:31 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Syria says it will stop renewing passports at its consulates in Jordan and Turkey beginning Monday. The decision was announced through the Syrian consulates’ websites in Jordan and Turkey on Sunday night without giving further details. According to the latest numbers, Jordan currently hosts at least 1.3 million Syrian refugees while Turkey hosts more than 2.6 million. Syrian passports, one of the weakest in the world, has now become the most expensive after Syria’s parliament amended the consular fees to grant, renew passports and travel documents last year. The first article of the draft law states that the consular fee to grant or renew passport and travel documents for Syrians will cost $800, according to Syrian Arab News Agency SANA. The consulate charged $400 in the past for passport and travel services. *Al Arabiya

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