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Razzaz concludes US visit after bagging historic $1.2b loan for the Kingdom

Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Saturday concluded an official visit to the US, accompanied by an economic-ministerial delegation, during which he held talks with senior US administration officials, the executive directors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a group of businesspeople and investors. The discussions reflected the consensus among international institutions on the necessity of ...

Airport investment key to competitiveness in Jordan

Jordan must continue to invest in airport infrastructure in preparation for a doubling of passengers, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO has said. Speaking on a visit to the Middle East, Alexandre de Juniac praised the country for its commitment to the aviation sector in the past and said that as traffic in the region grows, ...

Kingdom considering request for hosting Yemen negotiations

His Majesty King Abdullah on Thursday received Yemeni Foreign Minister Khalid Yamani, who delivered a letter to His Majesty from Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, a Royal Court statement said.  During the meeting, held at Al Husseiniya Palace, the King affirmed Jordan’s support to Yemen and its efforts to achieve security and stability. He conveyed his greetings to President ...

Bill governing US defence support to Kingdom stalled as partisan dispute continues

A piece of legislation on US support to allies in the Middle East, which includes renewing defence support and cooperation with Jordan, has not been endorsed on Wednesday as a result of a dispute over the US partial government shutdown. On Tuesday, the US Senate voted 56 to 44, falling short of the 60 votes needed to advance the “Strengthening ...

TREADING ON ISRAEL: JORDANIANS’ ANGER WITH ISRAEL CHALLENGES KING ABDULLAH

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has filed a protest with the Jordanian government over recent incidents involving Israeli flags being disrespected in public places. The most conspicuous episode took place last week when a photo from a Jordanian website called Jfranews began circulating online. It showed Jordan’s Information Minister Jumana Ghneimat walking across a large depiction of the Israeli flag as she ...

PM meets with WB Group officials over support for Kingdom’s development

Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Wednesday met with executive directors of the World Bank (WB) Group, including the officials of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). Heading an economic-ministerial delegation to Washington, Razzaz stressed Jordan’s keenness on maintaining the relationship between the Kingdom and the WB Group, particularly in regards to ...

Jordan King Abdullah Meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

King Abdullah’s meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, attended by HRH Crown Prince Hussein, covered bolstering Jordan’s strategic partnership with the US and addressed developments in the Middle East. The King and Pompeo, who is on a tour of the region, discussed opportunities to expand cooperation in all fields, a Royal Court statement said. His Majesty ...

SUICIDE WISH Jordanian MP says her dead mum’s ‘only unfulfilled desire was to blow herself up among the Jews’

AN MP in Jordan said her dead mum’s last wish was to “don an explosives belt and blow herself up among the Jews”. Huda Etoom made the revelation in parliament on Tuesday in an impassioned speech since branded “outrageous” on Twitter. It comes as Britain prepares to send military trainers to Jordan fight against ISIS. The outspoken politician, who represents Jerash in ...

Jordan receives first upgraded Cobra helos

Jordan has received back into service the first of 12 Bell AH-1F Cobra attack helicopters that are being put through an extensive upgrade process. Northrop Grumman, which as a subcontractor to Science and Engineering Services (SES) is updating the avionics of the 1980s-vintage helicopters, announced on 7 June that the first have now been shipped from Huntsville, Alabama, to Jordan ...

Jordan’s next premier dodges tax crisis but big problems await

Jordan’s incoming prime minister defused his first political minefield after unions welcomed his plan to reconsider a proposed income tax increase that sparked widespread protests and brought down his predecessor. Prime Minister-designate Omar Al Razzaz told reporters in Amman that the tax bill would be withdrawn for review once his new cabinet is sworn in — as King Abdullah II ...