Jordan turns back on western allies in row over Israel - News Summed Up

Jordan turns back on western allies in row over Israel


King Abdullah, with Queen Rania, has made subtle moves towards Iran, Turkey and Qatar REX FEATURESJordan, a linchpin of the West’s security architecture in the Middle East, is being forced to turn from its traditional allies in the face of economic crisis and the increasingly aggressive policies of Saudi Arabia, The Times has learnt. Threatened by protests at home, and with Riyadh reducing the cash subsidies that have kept Jordan afloat for decades, King Abdullah has in recent months opened talks with Turkey and Qatar, longstanding rivals of Saudi Arabia. Jordan has even made subtle overtures to Iran, a country about which the king was issuing dire warnings until recently. King Abdullah is also angry that President Trump has promoted Israeli interests so aggressively, given that more than half of Jordan’s population is Palestinian. Officials said that Jordan was stable…


Source: The Times May 26, 2019 23:00 UTC



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