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Qatar-Jordan trade volume to see sharp jump

[3/12/2018 6:58:29 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Qatar-Jordan bilateral trade volume is expected to witness sharp jump this year, which may even double in coming years, top Qatari and Jordanian private industry representatives said yesterday. Senior officials from government and private sector from both the nations are working closely to cement economic ties and establishing joint ventures to boost bilateral cooperation in a wide range of sectors, including logistics and other related services to boost trade exchange. “Today we discussed several issues to improve trade and investment relations between Qatar and Jordan. We have a Joint Council, which met last year, and the same Council is going to meet this year in Amman. We have already received an invitation from the Jordan Chamber of Commerce and Industry,” Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani, Chairman of Qatar Chamber (QC) told The Peninsula on the sidelines of a meeting with the members of a high-level Jordanian business mission led by Chairman of Jordan Chamber of Commerce Nael Raja Al Kabariti. Sheikh Khalifa added: “We hope that bilateral trade volume will increase this year and coming at a significant rate. Last year, despite the siege, the trade volume between Qatar and Jordan did not decrease given the fact most Jordanian goods entered Qatar through land route on trucks until June 5, 2017. But due to the ongoing blockade we explored alternative route, and Jordanian goods are now re-exported to Qatar from Kuwait through sea route and vice-vice versa.” Qatar-Jordan trade volume in 2017 stood at $400m (QR1.45bn). Most Jordanian exports to Qatar include agricultural products, such as vegetables, fruits, meat and livestock among others. Qatar’s exports to Jordan include chemicals, petrochemicals, and pharmaceutical products. Qatar’s investments in Jordan are mainly in banking, finance, real estate and power sectors. Some investments are also there in the field of retail and commercial business establishments such as malls and shopping centres. So there is a huge potential to expand in new areas. Jordan’s business interests in Qatar are spread across in all sectors of the Qatari economy, which are expanding their footprint. More Jordanian companies are establishing joint ventures to make Doha as business hub to re-export their products, and bilateral cooperation is expanding fast. “Jordan is one of the most secured destinations among the Arab countries. We are exploring ways and identifying new areas to boost bilateral trade and investment,” said Sheikh Khalifa. On his part, Senator Al Kabariti, a prominent businessman and a member of the upper house of the Jordanian parliament, added: “The value of trade exchange between Qatar and Jordan, which remains between $400m and $500m, is very low given the high potential of growth. I am sure the bilateral trade volume will double in the year 2018-19.” Al Kabariti, who is also the Chairman of Arab Chambers Union, noted that today’s meeting comes in the context of strengthening and developing bilateral relations. He pointed out that the siege has affected the Jordanian imports to Qatar and raise prices to 20 percent, but things are going to improve very soon for mutual interests. Also present at the meeting were Chairman of Amman Chamber of Commerce Esa Haider Murad, the Jordanian businessman Mohamed Al Kilany and Deputy Jordanian Ambassador Amjad Al Mebyadeen. Qatar Chamber Vice-Chairman Mohammed bin Towar Al Kuwari, board members and Director-General Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi. *The Peninsula Qatar

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Israel Appoints New Ambassador to Jordan in Move to Close Diplomatic Rift

[2/8/2018 5:51:48 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Foreign Ministry has decided to appoint a senior ministry official, Amir Weisbrod, as the country's new ambassador to Jordan. The appointment of Weisbrod, who headed the Middle East division at the ministry's Center for Political Research and also served in Morocco and as the spokesman at the Israeli embassy in Amman, is subject to approval by the Israeli cabinet. There has been no Israeli ambassador in the Jordanian capital since an incident in July in which an Israeli security guard shot a Jordanian citizen who allegedly tried to stab him. A Jordanian bystander was also shot and killed in the incident. Israel immediately withdrew its embassy staff, including the ambassador at the time, Einat Schlein. Jordan refused to allow Schlein to return to the embassy, and expressed indignation over how Israel depicted the incident and the warm reception that she and the guard, Ziv Moyal, received from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on their arrival in Jerusalem. The Foreign Ministry's appointments committee, however, had praise for Schlein and reiterated the ministry's intention to appoint her to another post reflecting her abilities. The resumption of operations at the Israeli embassy in Amman was made possible after Israel expressed regret over the shooting and agreed to pay compensation to the families of the two Jordanians who were killed. Last month, the Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad reported that Israel had paid a total of $5 million to the two families and the family of a Jordanian judge who was killed at the Israeli border crossing at the Allenby Bridge in 2014. Commenting last month on the shooting incident in Amman, Prime Minister Netanyahu said: "I am certain that the two sides are drawing lessons [from the case]. I am doing so on my side, and I think Jordan is for its part. We have an important interest in contact, and that has found expression in the resolution [of the case]. I would like to express appreciation to the people who worked to bring the case to an end." A statement last month from the Prime Minister's Office said: "Israel attributes great importance to the strategic ties with Israel, and the countries will work to advance cooperation between them and to strengthen the peace treaty [between them]." In the July incident, the Moyal, the guard, killed 17-year-old Mohammed al-Jawawdeh after the Jordanian attacked him with a screwdriver. Jawawdeh had come to install furniture in the guard's Amman apartment. A bystander, the guard's Jordanian landlord, Dr. Bashar al-Hamarneh, was also killed shot and killed. For the 24 hours following the shooting, 20 Israeli diplomats and security guards were holed up in the embassy until their passage to Israel was arranged. *Haaretz

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Acting prime minister to meet farmers tomorrow

[2/6/2018 5:32:10 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Jordanian Farmers Union President Odeh Rawashdeh said the acting prime minister will meet on Wednesday with representatives of the agricultural sector (farmers and traders of agricultural materials, associations and trade unions) to discuss issues pertaining to the sector and the tax imposed on it. Rawashdeh told Petra that the agricultural sector is a major engine of many industrial, commercial and service sectors, expressing hope to reach understandings to support the agricultural sector and farmers. A number of farmers, poultry breeders and cows are staging a sit-in in front of the House of Representatives for the eighth day in a row, in protest against the tax imposed on the sector.

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Israel gradually reopens embassy in Jordan after end of spat

[1/30/2018 11:23:14 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Israel says it is reopening its embassy in Jordan after the two countries put a months-long diplomatic spat behind them. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said on Tuesday that there will be a “gradual reopening” of the embassy in Amman but that no ambassador has been appointed yet. The embassy was closed after a shooting last summer there in which two Jordanians were killed. Israel’s ambassador returned to Israel along with the guard involved in the shooting. The guard claimed self-defense and received a hero’s welcome at home, angering Jordanians. The incident ruptured relations between the countries which signed a peace agreement in 1994 and cooperate on security and other issues. Israel has since reportedly expressed regret for the incident and offered compensation to the victims. *AP

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Al Qdah : the Jordanians suffer from the loss of dignity not hunger .

[1/28/2018 6:39:40 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The member of parliament, Mohammed Nooh Al Qdah said that the Jordanian people suffer from the loss of dignity not hunger. He pointed in his speech on Monday that the government adopted the policy of hunger for kneeling for something . He added , the one who said that Jordan has no money is not honest . And the real terrorism is corruption not the known terrorism , which becomes a clasp for many temporary decorations.

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Tehran backs Jordanian custodianship over holy sites

[12/20/2017 2:16:42 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Iran’s ambassador to Jordan on Wednesday stressed his country’s continued support for Jordanian custodianship over Muslim and Christian holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem. Mahabati Fardous made the assertion at a meeting with Atef Tarawneh, the speaker of Jordan’s parliament. At the meeting, Tarawneh also said Jordan planned to attend the 13th meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) scheduled to be held in Tehran early next year. According to a statement issued by Tarawneh’s office, the Iranian diplomat also confirmed his country's support for “the Jordanian position on the United States’ recent decision to relocate its embassy [from Tel Aviv] to Jerusalem”. Tension has mounted across the Middle East since Dec. 6, when U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The historic city remains at the heart of the perennial Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- occupied by Israel since 1967 -- might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state. *Anadolu

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Lebanon’s religious oppose Trump’s Jerusalem move; Jordanians march

[12/15/2017 1:59:38 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Lebanon’s Christian and Muslim leaders denounced the “unjust” decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and demanded that it be reversed. In a Dec. 14 statement at the end of an interreligious summit, the leaders said “that, in addition to violating the laws and international charters,” the decision ignores the fact that Jerusalem is a city holy to Christians, Muslims and Jews. The previous evening, in Amman, Jordan, Christian leaders led about 2,000 parishioners in a candelit march to protest the U.S. decision. “For us, Christian and Muslim Arabs, when we lose Jerusalem, we lose everything,” said Father Rifat Bader, director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media, reading a statement. “We lose the core of our faith, because everything began in Jerusalem. We were all born in Jerusalem.” The interreligious summit in Lebanon, led by Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite Catholic patriarch, gathered Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs and representatives, as well as leaders of the nation’s Protestant churches and Sunni, Shiite and Druze communities. Participants stressed that Jerusalem “has a privileged position in the consciences of believers of these faiths.” “The U.S. president’s decision, based on special political calculations, is a challenge and a provocation for more than 3 billion people and touches on the depth of their faith,” the statement said. They noted that the international community “has adhered to the resolutions of the United Nations, which consider Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank to be occupied territory,” so most countries have “refrained from establishing embassies in occupied Jerusalem.” They appealed to the Arab and international communities “to pressure the U.S. administration to undo this decision, which lacks the wisdom that real peacemakers need.” They also called for the American people and their civic and religious organizations to raise their voices and warn Trump and his administration “of the unjust decision that will certainly push the Middle East again into a new cycle of violence.” In his opening address, Rai said he did “not know if the American people agree with their president’s decision,” but he noted that the U.S. bishops have rejected moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem since 1984. He said he hoped for the bishops’ continued support. He also said the interfaith leaders “categorically reject the Judaization of this holy city.” In Jordan, Bader told Catholic News Service the Dec. 13 March was a “condemnation of the decision” by Trump and a call to keep Jerusalem’s status quo. He said the Christian leaders also wanted to encourage diplomatic efforts by Jordan’s King Abdullah on Jerusalem. Jordan’s king is recognized as the custodian of Christian and Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem under its 1994 peace treaty with Israel. Bishop William Shomali, patriarchal vicar of Jerusalem, retired Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop Yaser Ayyash of Jordan and Jordanian Orthodox Metropolitan Benedict led the march, which ended outside St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church in Amman. Church bells rang as people gathered outside the church. In his statement, Bader called Trump’s decision “unjust to the Palestinians and contrary to United Nations and other international resolutions.” “Jerusalem is calling on people to stand with it,” he said, adding that Christians and Muslims stand in unity to face any act that endangers the Holy City. King Abdullah has called Trump’s decision a “dangerous” move and a threat to peace, saying “there is no alternative to Jerusalem as the key to ending the historical conflict in the Middle East.” “We have constantly warned of the danger of unilateral decisions on Jerusalem outside the framework of a comprehensive solution that fulfills all the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to liberty and an independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital,” he said. “Moreover, attempts to Judaize Jerusalem and alter its Arab, Islamic, and Christian identity will unleash further violence and extremism; for the city is holy to the followers of the three monotheistic faiths,” Abdullah said. “Our right, Muslims and Christians, to Jerusalem is eternal.” *Crux Now

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