US embassy source denies reference to ‘deep state’ in ambassador’s remarks

Henry Wooster
US Ambassador Henry T. Wooster. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — A US embassy source rejected media reports that US Ambassador to Jordan Henry Wooster had spoken about “our alliance with the deep state in Jordan” in his remarks on Tuesday before the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) at the University of Jordan, according to AmmanNet. اضافة اعلان

The source elaborated that what the ambassador was talking about at the seminar was the “deep relations with the state” and that there was no reference to relations with a deep state. An error in translation from English to Arabic may have prompted some of those attending to misunderstand the context. A number of websites had carried a news item that was published online by another website without checking the facts, the source added.

Jordan News contacted CSS Director Zaid Eyadat, who denied that the ambassador had mentioned the term deep state. Jordan News also contacted the US embassy for a response but did not get one.

The statements attributed to the ambassador provoked angry reactions. MP Saleh Al-Armouti criticized Wooster on Wednesday, saying that such statements are dangerous and constitute an attack on the Jordanian state’s institutions by acknowledging that there is a deep state that runs Jordan.

At the seminar, the ambassador said that the largest USAID projects in the world are in Jordan, while stressing that the stability that distinguishes Jordan from the rest of the region is due to the country's wise leadership.

Wooster also emphasized that the strategic alliance between the US and Jordan transcends successive US administrations.

With regard to the Palestinian issue and the so-called “Deal of the Century”, he said the US’ interest lies in finding a two-state solution to the Palestinian issue, which is the position of the Biden administration and King Abdullah.

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