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Jordan denies entry for Syrian refugees trapped in Rukban camp

[12/31/2018 6:55:34 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi has said his country will not allow Syrian refugees trapped inside the Rukban camp to enter its territory, as urgent appeals were made to contain the camp’s deteriorating conditions. The camp is home to some 50,000 residents who are trapped inside after Jordan closed its border with Syria following an attack on its soldiers by ISIS in 2016. Desperately needed aid deliveries have repeatedly failed or been postponed. Mr Safadi said on Saturday night that Jordan will not allow the entry of any person across its borders, and called for the dismantling of the camp. "The continued existence of Rukban camp is a threat to our national security," Mr Safadi said, adding that terror cells from the camp have carried out terror acts in Jordan years ago. "Jordan has paid the price, we’ve had many martyrs as a result of terrorist operations launched from the camp,” he said. The development follows a statement issued by the camp’s administration to the Jordanian authorities urging them to "look with compassion towards the displaced people”. The Jordanian minister said that the camp should be dismantled and that its final status be ended, accusing the camp of harbouring ISIS fighters. On the other hand, Mr Safadi pointed out that Amman provides water and medical treatment for the displaced civilians. Mr Safadi said that Syria and the United Nations should bear the responsibility for the camp. On the fate of the displaced, he said that the residents inside the camp are now able to return to their cities and villages voluntarily and with Syrian-Russian coordination. Residents inside the camp told The National that they will be protesting on Sunday against the camp’s poor conditions and Jordan’s decision. “We will go out and protest, we must ensure our voices are heard,” Ahmed Ali said. Mr Ali appealed for the international community to protect the residents inside the camp, adding that displaced people are the most vulnerable. “There has been accusations that ISIS or terrorists are hiding inside the camp, but the UN was able to check for terror activities,” Mr Ali said. A number of US-backed rebel groups, including the Pentagon-backed Maghawir Al Thawra, have been responsible for overseeing security in the camp. Earlier this month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebels were cracking down on ISIS sleeper cells in the camp. But a planned US withdraw from Syria has raised questions over whether or not these groups will have the resources to continue to monitor the area. It has also raised alarm over the possibility of an ISIS resurgence in parts of the Syrian desert near Rukban, where the groups operate. “We were shocked to hear that the US is withdrawing from the camp, there’s many reports that other states are going to enter and secure the camp but we are still waiting to hear what will happen,” Mr Ali said. *The National

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Anger in Israel after Jordanian minister tramples on Israeli flag

[12/29/2018 3:37:42 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Israel's Foreign Ministry lodged a protest after Jordan's Information Minister and Government Spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat was seen stepping on an Israeli flag. Ghunaimat had trampled on the Israeli flag during a visit to Amman's trade union headquarters, where a Jordanian government meeting was held. The trade union headquarters in Jordan stuck an Israeli flag at the entrance to its offices, inviting passersby to step on it on their way inside, a deep insult in the Arab world. Prime Minister Omar al-Razaz entered the road through a side entrance, thus avoiding the Israeli flag. The Jordanian Ambassador to Israel was summoned to a clarification meeting on Sunday. *Israel National News

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Ghneimat : PM's visit to Turkey reflects deep-rooted ties

[12/26/2018 3:23:05 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of State for Media Affairs, Jumana Ghneimat, stressed the importance of the visit of Prime Minister, Omar Razaz, and his accompanying delegation to Turkey yesterday. In a press statement on Wednesday, the minister, who is also Government Spokesperson, said the visit reflected the depth of bilateral relations, the level of joint coordination, and the close relationship between His Majesty King Abdullah II and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The common stances on many issues of mutual concern reflect the high level of bilateral relations, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue and Jerusalem, as the two countries agree that the two-state solution is the basis and the establishment of the Palestinian state on the 4 June lines with East Jerusalem is a genuine right to the Palestinian people, she pointed out. The two sides also agreed on the need to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis that ensures Syria's unity and cohesion, and the importance of coordination in the war on terrorism, she noted. On the level of economic cooperation, Ghneimat said discussions between the two sides looked into ways to create an integrated framework for cooperation in the fields of investment, industry, tourism and trade relations, in a way that serves their common interests and contributes to achieving their aspirations. Ghneimat noted the prime minister thanked the Turkish leadership for its fruitful and positive cooperation in extraditing fugitive Awni Mutee, which helped the Kingdom cap off an issue that has always drawn local public opinion.

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ERC Pays Debt Of Over 500 Women In Jordan

[12/12/2018 3:44:37 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Upon the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, the ERC paid the debts of over 500 women in Jordan, who are facing judicial sentences due to their inability to pay their debts. The directives of Sheikh Hamdan are part of the ERC’s various initiatives during the Year of Zayed, in light of the ERC’s objectives to help needy people in Arab and Islamic countries. An ERC delegation went to the Jordanian capital, Amman, to supervise the implementation of Sheikh Hamdan’s directives, in cooperation and coordination with the Jordanian Ministry of Social Development and other relevant authorities. Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, ERC Secretary-General, stressed that the directives of Sheikh Hamdan are part of his many initiatives that reflect his humanitarian vision to support Arab countries and assist mothers and sisters in debt in Jordan. He added that the initiative aims to achieve many objectives, including financially supporting women and giving them an opportunity to integrate into the community with hope and optimism. The ERC began implementing the directives of Sheikh Hamdan to pay the debts of women in Jordan, Al Falahi explained, noting that relevant Jordanian authorities have welcomed the initiative and expressed their willingness to cooperate with the ERC.

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Israel-Jordan gas pipeline in its final stages

[12/10/2018 2:11:02 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Israel-Amman gas pipeline will be completed within a few weeks, “Israel Hayom” reported on Monday. The pipeline will be in operation by the end of next year, to provide Jordan with 3.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually, noting that the pipeline is 23 km long and 36 cm in diameter. The Israeli Minister of Energy, Yuval Steinitz, said "We are in the advanced stages of laying the Israel-Jordan natural gas pipeline, which will enable significant exports of natural gas from Israel to Jordan during the coming year.”

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130 requests for citizenship filed under expanded investor criteria

[11/27/2018 8:42:57 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The government will next week begin looking into requests to obtain Jordanian citizenship by investors who have existing projects in the Kingdom under an incentives programme introduced by the government, an official said on Monday. When the government first launched the initiative to grant citizenship to investors in February, it was only limited to investors who start new investments under certain conditions, but in mid-November the Cabinet made some amendments to expand the programme's privileges to already operational projects. "After the government's latest decision, we received 130 requests by investors who have exiting projects to obtain the citizenship. A specialised government committee will start looking into these request next week," Minister of State for Investment Affairs and Jordan Investment Commission (JIC) Chairman Muhannad Shehadeh said on Monday. The committee is headed by Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Tareq Hammouri and includes members from the Ministry of Interior and the JIC, the minister told The Jordan Times. He added that nine requests by Arab investors to obtain the Jordanian citizenship had already fulfilled the conditions and will be referred to the Cabinet next month. Once approved, the overall number of investors who will receive citizenship will increase to 15. Under the scheme announced in February, investors were offered several options to become eligible for citizenship. They included a zero-interest, five-year $1.5 million deposit at the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) or buying Treasury bonds of the same value at an interest rate to be decided by CBJ for no less than ten years. The third option was to buy securities worth $1.5 million from an active investment portfolio or to invest $1 million in small to medium sized enterprises for at least five years to become a Jordanian national. Investors can also make a $2-million investment in any location in the country, or $1.5 million if the project is registered in a governorate other than Amman; provided that the project creates at least 20 new jobs and remains operational for at least three years. To obtain permanent residency, any non-Jordanian can buy property worth at least JD200,000 without selling or disposing of it in any manner for a period of ten years, provided that the Department of Lands and Survey confirms the property’s value. A male investor who obtains any of the two mentioned statuses will have the right to a similar status for his wife; unmarried, widowed or divorced daughters; sons below 18-years-old; and for his parents, if he is their sole supporter. As for investors already residing in Jordan, the amendments stipulated other conditions allowing them to obtain residency and citizenship in the event that they owned shares in projects or venture partnerships with Jordanian investors. To be eligible for citizenship under this criteria, each shareholder in the partnership — based in Amman — must hold no less than $2 million in stakes, while overall providing at least 20 job opportunities as entailed in previous amendments. In other governorates, the minimum stake must not be less than $1.5 million per partner.

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Libya agrees to pay medical dues to Jordanian hospitals for treating injured Libyans

[11/25/2018 4:25:02 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Libyan government has reached an agreement with Jordan to pay medical dues to Jordanian hospitals for treating injured Libyans, a statement from Jordan's Private Hospitals Association said Sunday. The Libyan authorities agreed to reimburse the association an amount of 250 million U.S. dollars for the medical services the Jordanian hospitals have offered to Libyan nationals who were wounded or fell ill as a result of the 2011 war in Syria, the statement said. The medical bills were the subject of continuous negotiations between the association and the Libyan government since 2013. Fawzi Hammouri, president of the association, said a progress was made recently in talks with the Libyan government, resulting in an agreement to pay the bills, according to the statement. The association said the bills will be paid back in three stages. The first sum of 125 million dollars will be paid in December, while the rest will be paid during next year. *Xinhua

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