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King Abdullah II of Jordan

Jordan has picked a side, and its not with Iran.

Jordan has decided at this time it will not be naming a new Jordanian Ambassador to Iran, and will maintain the Jordanian embassy in Iran with just minimal staff, according to a report in Asharq Al-Awsat.


Jordan decided to recall Ambassador Abdullah Abu Rumman in April, due to what the Jordanians describes as Iranian interference in Arab countries. Jordan states that “the security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries” is equivalent in importance of Jordan’s national security, according to the report.

Mentioning Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries is interesting as many of the citizens of Jordan have been holding major riots in Jordan, primarily over economic issues. A few days ago, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait offered Jordan $2.5 billion in economic assistance, and apparently that was enough to get Jordan off the fence.