SANA’A – The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has abandoned its traditional partners, primarily Saudi Arabia, and has begun to negotiate with the region’s top opponents, according to a report by The Times newspaper.
The Kingdom of Jordan, one of the main components of the Western security infrastructures in the Middle East, has launched negotiations with Turkey and Qatar in the past few months, and has even taken remarkable steps towards Iran, the newspaper quoted Jordanian officials as saying.
The change was taken as an emergency, due to the seriousness of popular demonstrations in the kingdom against the backdrop of the worsening economic situation, and the reduction of Saudi Arabia’s financial aid, the Times Newspaper added.
The Times quoted sources within the Jordanian government as confirming that Saudi Arabia called on its regional allies, including Jordan, to “choose their side” and show more solidarity in terms of boycotting Qatar and confronting Iran.
But a Jordanian source told the newspaper: “Our relations depend on our interests, and Jordan has no disagreement with Turkey, Qatar or even Iran, and the distance between us depends on the gains we can make.”
The newspaper noted that the other reason for changing Amman’s approach was the wrath of King Abdullah II of Jordan towards US president Donald Trump because of the excessive anti-Palestinian sentiment of the White House.
The Jordanian source stressed that the US “deal of the century”, which is expected to be announced soon, will not bring stability to the region.
He added that “it is clear that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict remains the most important cause for Arab youth, [causing them] to take up arms in terrorist groups, and there will be no positive change in this matter without a just solution to the Palestinian cause.
Jordanian Ambassador to Israel Marwan al-Moasher said the kingdom could not radically change its approach, but it kept all options open in an attempt to “protect its back”.
King Abdullah met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in February, on the backdrop of a “declaration of war” between Ankara and Riyadh on the issue of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.