Syrian border smuggling threatens national security– Foreign Ministry

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has declared that the smuggling of drugs and weapons across the Syrian border into Jordan poses a threat to national security, affirming the government’s commitment to addressing this issue and holding those responsible to account, Al-Mamlaka TV reported. اضافة اعلان

On Tuesday, the ministry's spokesperson, Sufian Qudah highlighted a significant rise in smuggling attempts, resulting in severe injuries and deaths among Jordanian Armed Forces- Arab Army (JAF) personnel. Additionally, he mentioned that Jordan has shared information with the Syrian government, including the names of smugglers, their backers, details on drug manufacturing locations, and smuggling routes. However, concrete actions to neutralize this threat are yet to be taken.

Qudah stressed Jordan's readiness to collaborate with the Syrian government to suppress smuggling operations, apprehend perpetrators, and prosecute their supporters. He also called on Syria to implement practical and effective measures against those involved.

Furthermore, he rejected any insinuation that Jordan's borders have ever jeopardized Syria's security or facilitated the passage of terrorists, emphasizing that Jordan has consistently been and will remain to provide support and reinforcement for Syria, particularly in the neighboring provinces of Daraa and Suwayda.

Jordan hosts over 1.3 million Syrians and ensures their security and dignified living, reminding the world of the hospitality extended by the JAF to thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing the war, he said. He also reiterated Jordan's commitment to safeguarding borders and security, countering drug and weapon smuggling networks, and eliminating the threats posed through the dedicated efforts of the JAF and security agencies.

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