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Jordanian envoy to Saudi Arabia hails Vision 2030 as strongest in region

[4/25/2017 11:02:56 AM]

AMMONNEWS - In an interview with's Editor-in-Chief Mamdouh AlMuhaini, Bassem Awadallah, the Jordanian king’s special envoy to Saudi Arabia, discussed Jordanian-Saudi ties and commended Saudi Vision 2030 and its positive effects on the economy of Arab countries. Awadallah said Jordanian-Saudi relations are strong, strategic and historical, adding that Jordan believes Saudi Arabia is one of its most important allies. He also said that Jordan and Saudi Arabia have the same stances towards several affairs, adding that the Saudi-Jordanian Coordination Council is a basic pillar towards guaranteeing the sustainability of bilateral relations. According to Awadallah, Saudi Arabia is Jordan’s biggest commercial partner as the Saudi kingdom invests more than $13 billion in the Jordanian economy. The Saudi-Jordanian Investment Fund Company will invest in several fields, and the size of these investments is estimated at $3 billion, Awadallah said. Commenting on Saudi Vision 2030, Awadallah said it’s considered the strongest and most comprehensive reform project on the level of the region and the entire world, adding that implementing this vision will positively affect Arab economies. He added that reform plans to end dependency on oil in Arab countries, particularly in Saudi Arabia, is the most important step during this phase. Regarding non-oil producing countries, he said they would need to reform structural projects that end dependency on aid. Asked about the Arab Spring and its repercussions on the economy of Arab countries, Awadallah said poverty, unemployment and absence of justice were some of the major reasons that lead to the so-called Arab Spring. He noted that Arab youths’ demands were logical and realistic but their repercussions were disastrous and affected all Arab countries. Awadallah added that what the region currently needs is an Arab developmental plan like the Marshall Plan which brought Europe out of crisis after World War II. *AlArabiya

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FM: Jordan keen on strong relationship with Iraq

[4/16/2017 1:19:29 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs, Ayman Safadi, on Sunday, told his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari, that Jordan is keen to maintain its ties with Iraq and doesn't accept any insult to Iraqi figures by anyone. During a phone call, Al-Safadi said those who made individual acts, deemed offensive of national Iraqi figures, have been apprehended and will be tried according to the Kingdom's laws which prohibit insulting other countries. The two ministers emphasized that the relationship between the two countries is strong and won't be affected by any individual acts that only represented those who did such acts. They stressed that Jordan and Iraq will continue to strengthen cooperation and will stop anyone trying to harm bilateral ties.

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Jordan in contact with Israel to increase exports to Palestinian areas

[4/14/2017 2:29:36 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Jordan wants to increase its exports to the Palestinians market, Jordanian Trade and Industry Minister Yaroub Qudah said on Wednesday. Speaking to a group of business people in Amman, Qudah said his ministry has been in contact with Israel to increase the portion of Jordanian goods in the Palestinian market. Jordan exports relatively few products to the Palestinian territories. According to Qudah, Jordan exports less than $100 million in goods to the territories, while Israel exports more than $3.8 billion there. The Bank of Israel holds that two-thirds of Palestinian imports come from Israel. The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, the successor to the Civil Administration that governed the West Bank and the Gaza Strip from 1981-94, said it is always interested in making moves to improve the Palestinian economy. “COGAT is constantly examining additional civilian steps to support the Palestinian economy, in cooperation with the international community,” COGAT said in a statement. Former PA minister Samir Abdullah said he believes increasing Jordanian exports to the Palestinian territories would be a “positive” measure. “If Jordan wants to export more goods here, we welcome that,” Abdullah, who currently serves as director of the Palestinian Economic Policy Research Institute, told The Jerusalem Post. Abdullah, however, qualified that an increase in Jordanian exports to the Palestinian market should take place in coordination with the PA. “Palestine and Jordan produce similar products, many of which Jordan produces for less money,” Abdullah said. “So it is important that the Palestinian and Jordanian governments make sure Palestinian merchants remain competitive.” *JP

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Jordan, France sign joint declaration on nuclear safety

[4/12/2017 6:56:07 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Acting Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs Bashir Al Zou'bi and French Ambassador to Jordan David Bertolotti on Wednesday, signed a joint declaration on nuclear safety. The declaration will enable Jordan to benefit from the French experience in preventing and detecting attempts to smuggle nuclear and radioactive materials and to respond effectively to such attempts. The signing of the declaration comes within the government's follow up on the initiative of His Majesty King Abdullah II to build and strengthen world countries' capacities to prevent the smuggling of these dangerous materials. The initiative was launched by King Abdullah during his participation in the summits of nuclear security in Seoul, the Hague and Washington in 2012, 2014, and 2016 respectively, and was supported by many countries.

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Egypt to intensify cooperation with Jordan in military manufacturing

[4/8/2017 11:13:27 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Military Production Mohamed Al-Assar met with Atef Al-Tal, chairperson of the board of directors of the King Abdullah II Center for Design and Development in Jordan, to discuss the joint cooperation between the two countries in the fields of defence and military technologies. The meeting took place at the ministry’s headquarters in Cairo. Al-Assar reviewed the technological capabilities and the defence equipments produced by the ministry’s subsidiaries, including ammunition, equipment, and systems of armament, along with the human capabilities and advanced technological systems on which these industries are based. Al-Tal praised the ministry’s enormous capabilities and its role in providing the requirements of the armed forces, pointing out the role played by Egypt in the region to confront extremism and terrorism. He stressed that it is possible for there to be cooperation between Jordanian companies and the Egyptian military’s production companies in several fields for joint military industrialisation, transfer of experience and technology between the two countries, and the vocational and technical training for workers on the latest systems in the industrialisation of the war. The two sides agreed on the need to activate this cooperation between the Jordanian companies and the companies of the ministry to identify areas of mutual cooperation. They also agreed to form a joint committee from the two sides to discuss these fields of cooperation according to priorities and a systematic plan. *Daily News Egypt

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Aoun takes tumble

[3/29/2017 7:22:13 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Jordan - Lebanese President Michel Aoun tripped and fell face down as Arab heads of state gathered at the start of their summit at the Dead Sea in Jordan on Wednesday.

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Jordanian who killed 7 Israeli girls in 1997 set for release

[3/8/2017 7:34:50 AM]

AMMONNEWS - An official in Jordan's government says a Jordanian soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls visiting the country on a class trip will be released after serving 20 years in prison. Spokesman Mohammed Momani said Tuesday that Ahmed Daqamseh is to be freed next week, possibly Monday, after completing his term. Daqamseh killed the girls in a 1997 shooting rampage at the "Island of Peace" border post. A military court deemed him mentally unstable and sentenced him to life in prison, which in Jordan typically means 25 years. Jordanian lawmakers lobbied in the past for his early release. King Hussein, Jordan's ruler in 1997, paid a rare visit to Israel to express his condolences to the girls' parents. The shooting came three years after Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty.

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