Jordan's New PM Begins Talks on Forming Cabinet

Jordan's prime minister-designate Marouf al-Bakhit delivers a speech in Amman, Jordan (file photo)

Feb 2 (KATAKAMI.COM / VOA) — Jordan’s prime minister-designate began consultations on forming a new government Wednesday, a day after being appointed by King Abdullah.

Marouf al-Bakhit has met with Senate President Taher Masri. Jordan’s Petra news agency says the two men discussed a need for government reforms. The news agency says Mr. Bakhit pledged to enact reforms as soon as possible.

King Abdullah dismissed his government on Tuesday following weeks of public protests for political change. Demonstrators blamed the government for rising fuel and food prices as well as slow political reforms. The protests have been similar to those that led to last month’s ouster of Tunisia’s president.

A palace statement on Tuesday said King Abdullah was tasking the new Cabinet with taking “practical and swift” steps to launch what it called “true political reforms.”  (*)

Russia's Medvedev to visit Jordan, Palestinian Territory next week – Kremlin

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev














Moscow, Jan 16 (KATAKAMI.COM / RIA NOVOSTI / KREMLIN.RU) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will make an official visit to Jordan and the Palestinian Territory on January 18-19, the Kremlin press service announced on Saturday.

Medvedev earlier had plans of visiting Israel on his two-day visit, however that trip was canceled due to Israeli Foreign Ministry employees calling a strike in order to get salary increases.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier this week that Israeli officials were categorically against entertaining any foreign guests during the strike.

According to some sources, Medvedev will visit Jericho in the West Bank to open a Russian museum. (*)

Jordanian King Seeks Improved Iran Ties

FILE : Jordan's King Abdullah



December 13, 2010 (KATAKAMI / VOA) — Jordan’s King Abdullah has said he wants to seek greater relations with Iran.

The king met Sunday with a top aide to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and said the two leaders should discuss boosting bilateral ties at a summit in either Amman or Tehran.

King Abdullah said it is important to take steps to improve relations that will help both Iran and Jordan, as well as boost security and stability in the region.

Mr. Ahmadinejad on Sunday also invited the Jordanian leader to visit Tehran.  (*)


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