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Newsline: Jordanian charge d’affaires to reopen embassy in Syria

Diplomatic ties to be rekindled amid Arab world warming up to Assad again. A charge d’affaires has been sent to Damascus to start work again in Jordan’s embassy in the Syrian capital, the Jordanian foreign ministry announced. Although diplomatic ties were never severed, relations were strained between the two middle-eastern neighbors since Jordan recalled its ambassador in 2011 amid events leading to the Syrian civil war. Syria has since accused Jordan of supporting some rebels against the regime, while Jordan expelled the Syrian ambassador in 2014.



Newsline: Jordan allegedly withdraws ambassador from Iran

Jordan has allegedly withdrawn their ambassador to Iran, Saudi state-owned Al-Arabiya TV claimed this afternoon. Citing a senior Jordanian official, Al-Arabiya claimed ambassador ‘Abdallah Suleiman Abu Raman was transferred from Tehran to ‘Amman this week. “There is no intention of naming another Jordanian ambassador to Tehran at this moment,” the unnamed Jordanian official told Al-Arabiya. According to the Al-Arabiya source, the reason for the withdrawal is “Jordan’s firm stance on Iran’s policies that involve their interference in the affairs of regional countries.” The Al-Arabiya source stressed Iran’s specific policies against “the security of the countries in this region, especially Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.”


Newsline: Israeli ambassador to Jordan takes up his post, ending spat

Israel’s Foreign Ministry says its new ambassador to Jordan is starting his posting, ending a months-long spat between the two countries over a deadly embassy shooting. Amir Weissbrod’s posting ends one of the tensest periods between Israel and Jordan since the two signed a peace treaty in 1994. Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon says Weissbrod arrived in the capital, Amman, on Monday. The dispute began last summer when a security guard at the Israeli embassy in Jordan shot and killed two Jordanians, alleging one attacked him with a screw driver. The Israeli guard and Israel’s then-ambassador were given a hero’s welcome by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, infuriating Jordan. Earlier this year, the two sides said they found a way to overcome the crisis, including appointing a new Israeli ambassador.


Newsline: Jordan approves Israel’s new ambassador

Jordan has approved Amir Weissbrod as Israel’s new ambassador, Channel 10 reported. The approval came after the two countries agreed to end a diplomatic standoff following the shooting deaths of two Jordanians by an Israeli security guard who Israel said opened fire in self-defense after one of the men tried to stab him. The Foreign Ministry named Weissbrod as ambassador last month. A career diplomat who previously headed the Middle East Bureau at the Foreign Ministry’s Center for Political Research, Weissbrod is a fluent Arabic speaker who served as first secretary in Israel’s Jordanian embassy between 2001 and 2004. He has also served in Israel’s Liaison Bureau in Morocco.


Newsline: Jordan jails jihadists for plotting attacks on Israel, Russia and Iran embassies

Two Jordanians were sentenced to 10 years in jail with hard labor for planning attacks on the Amman embassies of Russia, Iran and Israel. Jordan’s state security court convicted the two men for having manufactured explosives and plotting attacks on behalf of “a terrorist group.” In the charge sheet seen by AFP, the two were accused of belonging to the Islamic State group and of planning to carry out bomb attacks in 2016 on the Russian, Iranian and Israeli embassies in Amman.


Newsline: Jordan set to approve new Israeli ambassador

Jordan is expected to approve the appointment of the new Israeli ambassador to the kingdom, the Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad reported on Sunday. Jordan is expected to approve the appointment of the new Israeli ambassador to the kingdom, the Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad reported on Sunday. Last month, the Foreign Ministry announced the appointment of Amir Weissbrod as Israel’s new ambassador to Jordan. The announcement came after Israel and Jordan reached an agreement to end a diplomatic standoff over the July 23, 2017, shooting deaths of two Jordanian men by an Israeli embassy security guard. Israel says the guard opened fire in self-defense after being attacked by one of the men. The Jordanian foreign ministry is holding consultations and pursuing diplomatic procedures regarding the appointment of the new Israeli ambassador to Jordan, Sunday’s report said.


Newsline: Jordan receives request from Israel to nominate new ambassador

Jordan said on Monday it received a letter from Israel nominating a new Israeli ambassador to the Kingdom, a government official said Monday. “We received a request from Israel nominating an Israeli ambassador to Amman. The request was sent to the concerned authorities seeking their opinion,” Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Mohammad Momani told reporters. “The foreign ministry is taking necessary diplomatic measures in this regard,” the minister said during a press conference Monday. Jordanian officials have indicated recently that Jordan and Israel are going ahead with all preparations to reopen the Israeli embassy, prepare for the return of Israeli embassy staff to Amman and resume relations. Last month, Israel named a veteran diplomat to Jordan. The Israeli foreign ministry named Amir Weissbrod as the new ambassador. Weissbrod has reportedly worked as a diplomat in Amman and is an expert in Middle East affairs and Islamic movements. In January, Israel officially apologised for an incident in which an Israeli embassy guard killed two Jordanians, and the killing of Jordanian Judge Raed Zuaiter by Israeli troops in 2014, while crossing to the West Bank.