NATO affirms plans for regional office in Jordan

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NATO headquarters in Brussels. (Photo: Twitter/X)
BRUSSELS — An official within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has affirmed the alliance's dedication to continuing discussions regarding the establishment of a regional office in Jordan, marking its inaugural presence in the Middle East and North Africa. The official expressed optimism about a prompt decision to create the office.اضافة اعلان

In an exclusive interview with the Brussels-based organization on Wednesday, NATO's Deputy Assistant Secretary-General, Javier Colomina, stated that the office would strengthen the partnership and robust bilateral relations between NATO and Jordan. He emphasized its role as a vital link between the alliance and key entities in the region, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Jordan's institutional ties with NATO date back to 1995 when it joined the "Mediterranean Dialogue" initiative involving seven Mediterranean countries. The initiative aims to bolster the alliance's partnership with Mediterranean countries, framing avenues for cooperation and coordination to ensure security and stability.

Colomina added, "It would be highly beneficial for us to have individuals on the ground actively monitoring the various decisions made by the allies in summit conferences and ministerial meetings," highlighting that this is the primary goal of establishing the office.

He explained that discussions with Jordanian authorities and allies regarding the office's establishment have been exceptionally positive, expressing hope for a swift decision.

Colomina pointed out that the planned office in Jordan would be the "first" in the seven-country Mediterranean Dialogue initiative, including Jordan, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Mauritania, and Israel.

Speaking about his visit to Jordan in October, Colomina stated that the visit went exceptionally well. He participated in the international conference on small arms and light weapons organized by the Jordanian Armed Forces and NATO.

He added that he had "very fruitful" meetings with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Director of General Intelligence, and officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"We have achieved an excellent level of bilateral relations between Jordan and NATO, encompassing extensive cooperation in areas such as training, education, language courses, military exercises, and political dialogue," according to Colomina.

He noted that NATO has provided a package to enhance Jordan's defense capabilities, recently expanded to include support for counter-terrorism, cybersecurity, and crisis management. This underscores the robustness of bilateral relations. Colomina mentioned that his visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels earlier this month, along with his meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, further confirms the strength and depth of relations between the two sides.

During the meeting on November 6, HM discussed NATO's partnership with Amman and regional security challenges with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO headquarters. He also participated in a meeting of the North Atlantic Council, addressing security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa, including the situation in Gaza.

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