Jordan is not part of purported Arab-Israeli alliance

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi. (Photo: Twitter)
AMMAN — Jordan’s top diplomat dismissed that Jordan would take part in a purported Middle East alliance that would include Israel to confront Iran.
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Al-Safadi told the Lebanese An-Nahar newspaper that what has been circulated regarding an Israeli-Arab alliance to confront Iran “is something that we have not heard about”.

“Jordan is not a part of it,” he said, adding that the alliance will be put before an upcoming summit that will bring the leaders of nine Arab countries together with the US president in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Safadi’s comment came a week after His Majesty King Abdullah said he would support the formation of a Middle East military alliance, similar to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), with like-minded countries. The king did not refer to Israel and Safadi’s comments clarified mounting speculation that Israel would take part in the alliance to confront the growing influence of Shiite Iran in the predominately Sunni-ruled region.

In an interview with CNBC anchor and senior international correspondent Hadley Gamble in Amman, the King said Jordan boasts of a quick deployment force, which has participated in several peacekeeping missions worldwide.

Safadi pointed out that Jordan is studying the possibility of a joint Arab action mechanism that will “enable us to face common challenges”.

The minister pointed to the Treaty of Mutual Defense and Economic Cooperation of the Arab League, which was signed in the 1950s, but has been activated since.

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