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Gen Bajwa discusses regional security with Jordanian King

AMMAN: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Jordan on Tuesday for a three days visit and called on His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussain. According to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), regional security situation and bilateral cooperation were discussed. King Abdullah expressed earnest desire to enhance the cooperation between the two countries in multiple fields including security, defence production, education and investment opportunities. Gen Bajwa assured him that Pakistan has…

Jordan charity gathers hotel leftovers to feed poor

AMMAN: At the end of a lavish Ramadan buffet in the banquet hall of one of Amman’s five-star hotels, a young Jordanian charity worker rushes to gather up left-over food that his team of volunteers will package and redistribute to needy families. Bandar Sharif began his ‘Family Kitchen’ initiative 10 years ago, angered by the amount of food thrown away by hotels during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, traditionally a period when consumption levels double across the region. “What we do is eliminate this waste, we…

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait offer $2.5 bn in aid to crisis-hit Jordan

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA:  Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have offered $2.5 billion in aid for Jordan to ease its economic crisis following a wave of anti-austerity protests, the Saudi Arabian state media announced early Monday. Jordan has been rocked in recent days by mass protests against price rises and a proposed tax hike as the government pushes measures to slash the country's debt, leading to the prime minister's resignation. A four-nation summit in the holy city of Mecca, hosted by Saudi King…

Netflix announces first Arabic series ‘Jinn’

Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, has announced "Jinn", its first Arabic original series. The six-episode series is expected to launch all around the world in 2019. The series will feature Middle Eastern talent, and filmed in Jordan later this year. The young adult fantasy adventure comes from Lebanese director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya and Jordanian screenwriter, Bassel Ghandour from Oscar-nominated Theeb, partnering with the twin producers, Elan and Rajeev Dassani. "Jinn" will be a…

PM Abbasi, King of Jordan discuss bilateral relations, issues of mutual interest

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minster Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday received the King of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein and discussed a range of issues and bilateral relations. The dignitaries agreed to increase focus on enhancing bilateral trade and investment relations, and to make the bilateral trade currently at 75 million dollars commensurate with the excellent existing political ties between the two countries. The meeting was followed by delegation level talks between the two sides which reviewed the entire gamut of…

Jordan sees no Mideast peace without US role

WASHINGTON: King Abdullah II of Jordan has that the United States remains essential to any hope of a peaceful solution between Israel and the Palestinians, despite widespread criticism of the new US stance on Jerusalem.  "We cannot have a peace process or a peace solution without the role of the United States," the monarch said on the CNN program "Fareed Zakaria GPS," in an interview taped at the recent economic summit in Davos, Switzerland. He said this was true even after President Donald Trump decided to move the US…

Jordan’s King Abdullah tells Pence of concern over Jerusalem

AMMAN: Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday voiced concern over Washington's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, as US Vice President Mike Pence visited Amman during an uncomfortable Middle East tour. Arab outrage over President Donald Trump's decision to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem had prompted the cancellation of several planned meetings ahead of Pence's trip, originally scheduled for December. Abdullah, a key US ally, said he had "continuously voiced over the past year...…

British embassy cat in Jordan appointed chief mouser

AMMAN: At the British embassy to Jordan, a former rescue cat is settling into his new position as chief mouser - as a traditional well established in the ministries of London goes global. “Lawrence of Abdoun” is a fluffy black-and-white tom who, according to his Twitter feed, reports directly to the Foreign Office’s Palmerston, a cat that delights his 57,000 followers with regular updates from the ministry in Whitehall via @DiploMog. Read More: WATCH: Bizarre cat-like creature with human face found in Malaysia Lawrence,…