Counterbalancing with Syrians
To counterbalance with the Syrians, who so far seem flexible enough or under too much pressure to open a diplomatic or non -- diplomatic dispute with their southern Arab neighbor, Jordan kept the diplomatic and security channels of communication open with Damascus and went on record to offset its "enemy" posture, but only verbally, to make Jordan a place where words and deeds collide.
As recently as August 29,
More than twenty two months ago, in comments in the Oval Office alongside President Obama, King Abdullah II was the first Arab leader to urge Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step aside. "I believe, if I were in his shoes, I would step down," he told BBC World News in an exclusive interview.
So far, Jordan declined to go public and on record in a clear-cut opposition to the imminent US strike; not excluding the military option, Information Minister Mohammad Momani said that "Jordan believes diplomatic efforts must be exhausted before Washington opts for military action," but PM Al-Nsour said there will be "no strategic" benefit in insisting on striking Syria and he as well his Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh reiterated that the territory of the kingdom "will not be a launchpad for any military operation against Syria."
Jordan's noninterference in internal
Syrian affairs is the officially declared policy, but the reported training in
the country of Syrian opposition fighters, the recent visit to the country by
the President of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), Ahmad al-Jarba, the
latter's visit to southern Syria across the Jordanian borders and the reports
about opening a SNC representative office in
In April this year, Syrian President
al-Assad said that
Al-Assad added that he had sent envoys to
the kingdom during the preceding two months to remind
In November 2005, al-Qaeda mounted a series of devastating bomb attacks at three luxury hotels in the Jordanian capital, killing some 60 people. The attacks were said to be in retaliation for Jordan hosting training centers for the new Iraqi army and police, and for becoming a de facto logistical transit base in support of the US occupation of Iraq in 2003.