GID director confirms directorate’s support of partisan life

Director of the General Intelligence Directorate Maj. Gen. Ahmad Husni meets with the editors-in-chief of daily newspapers and a number of writers. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Director of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) Maj. Gen. Ahmad Husni confirmed GID’s support for partisan life in Jordan and the results of the Royal Commission for the Modernization of the Political System, which he said was being established for an upcoming phase, noting that GID would also support partisan life in Jordan, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

In a meeting with the editors-in-chief of daily newspapers and a number of writers early this week, he added that “on the basis of what we have seen, we have absolute conviction in its contents, as it comes within a strategic plan, in stages, and is measurable,” stressing that GID is part of the process of change and reform. 

During the meeting at which he reviewed several issues of domestic, Arab, and international concern, Maj. Gen. Husni stated that the intelligence service was developing itself, both technically and in terms of human resources, as part of the process of building the Jordanian state in its second centenary, and to be able to keep pace with the requirements of the present and the nature of the new generation.

He stressed that GID had a firm belief in democracy within the rule of law, noting that its role was to reflect the concept of integration with all state institutions. “Our country is good, strong, solid, and cohesive,” he said. He also underlined the importance of strengthening trust between citizens and the state.

“What matters to us is that Jordanians, regardless of the magnitude of the challenges and crises, feel reassured that the rule of law will always prevail,” he said.

Maj. Gen. Husni expanded on a number of local issues, in the wake of the Royal commission’s recommendations that coincide with Jordan entering its second centenary. “We have the ability to change, and as GID, we will be part of that change,” he said.

He vowed to support partisan activity, saying, “We will support any Jordanian party that is not being led from abroad and has viable (political) programs, in accordance with the law.”

He touched on the challenges facing the Kingdom, both domestically and internationally. Firstly, in terms of economic conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and secondly, as the Kingdom is located in a geographical area that is governed by conflicts in neighboring countries. These conflicts resulted in great efforts to combat terrorism and the smuggling of weapons and drugs, which have become some of the greatest challenges facing the Kingdom.

Maj. Gen. Husni contended that the high unemployment rates are a key consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. He added that “it is logical to cooperate with the government to find solutions for all sectors affected by the crisis,” in light of the complementary role played by GID with all state institution. 

He underlined the need to change the negative behavior of some citizens by creating a positive pattern of behavior. He commended the role of the Jordanian media in raising public awareness about character assassination, addressing the general pessimism that we suffer form as a society. 

With regard to combating terrorism, Jordan has intelligence services that “we are proud of. We work at the Arab and global levels, and not only at the national level. There is a partnership with Arab and global agencies to identify threats to national security. We have made achievements both in and out of Jordan, where organizations are monitored to prevent damage to the Kingdom’s security.” He referred to Jordanian institutions that were subjected to attacks hacking attempts.

He noted that GID has contributed since 2019 in foiling 120 terrorist plots. Among them were 52 were domestic plots, and 68 plots originating in Europe and other countries. Furthermore GID contributed to detecting and thwarting 95 narcotics and weapons smuggling operations, and referring 91 cases to the courts.

He said that Jordan is in possession of capabilities that empower it globally. Jordan was the first to declare the war against terrorism at home and abroad.

“Our role at the external level, together with security coordination, is to harness any economic income for the benefit of Jordan, whether from the government or the private sector. This requires that our relations with foreign security agencies be excellent.”

He stressed that GID is a national institution open to all, and advisory role in contributing to taking the right decision.

With regards to the development of Jordanian-Syrian relations, the GID director explained that “Jordan is dealing with the Syrian case as a fait accompli. We have not intervened in Syria’s domestic issues, as it is a neighboring country; a bordering state. However, let us be realistic, we have Syrian refugees, and on our shared border, there are groups that must be dealt with in order to preserve the security and stability of the Kingdom, as well as to put an end to attempts to smuggle weapons and drugs.”

“We deal with the Syrian case regardless of the conflicting international interests there. Our relationship with Damascus has taken a step forward. Jordan has a major problem in the south of Syria, in addition to the consequences of the Caesar Act.

“Furthermore, the issues of water and extremist elements, and considering that Jordan’s interests are our primary concern, it was necessary to move in this direction, addressing the reality before us,” Maj. Gen. Husni stated.
“The Kingdom has good security relations with Syria, and there is coordination to create a secure environment in Lebanon and Syria,” the GID director said, pointing to the approach of “containment of the other.”

On Lebanon, His Majesty King Abdullah was the first to warn of the gravity of the situation in Lebanon, noting that the country must be preserved. It was therefore necessary to support it with energy and gas.

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