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Helping Jordan in deeds, not only in words

Feb 22,2018 - Last updated at Feb 23,2018

It is not enough to hear the nice words various senior foreign officials keep saying about Jordan and its wise dealing with regional challenges.

And it is not enough for them to keep emphasising that the country has always been bolstering the stability and security of the region. Its leadership is the real moderate voice in the Middle East. The country has always been helping with international causes, starting with fully supporting the just cause of the Palestinians to hosting millions of refugees from different countries, etc.

It is not enough, as there is an urgent need for real support from Jordan’s friends, now and not tomorrow, as the country is facing aggravating economic woes that increasingly put pressure on Jordanians.

How to help is simple. Take the five-year $6.3 billion-assistance memorandum of understanding between Jordan and the United States on economic and military cooperation, signed in Amman recently, as a good example to follow.

Jordan is a real friend to many countries and their leaders, as well as influential Eastern and Western decision-making circles, are keen to listen to His Majesty King Abdullah’s wise and brave advice on how to tackle regional and global problems.

Many, especially the G-20 countries, should follow suit and sign agreements similar to the Jordanian-US deal. Incidentally, the G-20 accounts for 85 per cent of the global GDP.

If the world loves Jordan and admires its stances, as it says, it has to prove it in deeds, not in words only.

 

The writer is former media and communication director at His Majesty King Abdullah’s Office, former adviser at the Royal Hashemite Court, and currently senior media adviser and special representative for international strategic communication at Talal Abu Ghazaleh Group.

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Very smart idea by this young man!

Fayez - the UK government has committed £2.46bn (circa $3.5 bn) in aid, alone, to the crisis in Syria since 2012 - this does not take into account the financial support the UK gives to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan year-on-year.

Your comment, IMHO, lacks substance.

That's a pretty good article here.
Since certain nations in Europe, such as Britain, have helped cause, and then do nothing to stop the troubles, strife, in the areas/nations around Jordan, they then should provide a heck of a lot more help than what little they contribute.
The refugees in Jordan, such as from Syria need and deserve help: they are innocent victims and Britain and France, as a start should send supplies and money to Jordan now...
Also, the members of the Royal Family in Jordan need to be thanked for visiting and bringing help to the refugees in Jordan.
I remember reading about the ladies, the Princesses and the Queen, doing so much work for which I, and many others admire and thank them for.
signed,
Fayez Abedaziz in the U.S.

So, by omission, the super-wealthy GCC states are a lost cause when it comes to offering financial support to Jordan (as a percentage of their collective GDP)? The G7/20 needs to step up, I agree, but in doing so, let's not forget who our/your friends are in the longer term?!

I agree.
We need international support.

Very good idea indeed.

IF I WAS MR DALAL, I WOULD HAVE TITLED THIS ARTICLE AS HELPING JORDAN IN NEED BUT NOT IN DEED BECAUSE THERE ARE NO FOREIGN AIDS WITHOUT STRINGS ATTACHED. IN SOME CASES, THE STRINGS MAY COME IN THE FORM OF BRIBES TO PLAY BALL AND MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO AND IN SOME OTHERS IT MAY BE A FORM OF PAYMENTS TO MAINTAIN ECONOMIC STRANGULATIONS TO THE RECEIVING PARTY BUT WHAT EVER THE CASE MAY BE, YOU ARE PAYING FOR IT DIRECTLY AND/OR INDIRECTLY. CAN MR DALAL THINK OF WHICH IS APPLICABLE TO HIS ARTICLE. ITS TIME FOR JORDAN TO WEAN ITS SELF OFF THE DEPENDANCE ON AIDS, GRANTS AND BRIBES. I AM SURE MR DALAL IS A VERY SMART YONG MAN AND CAN FIGURE IT OUT.

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