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Jordan supports Saudi Arabia amid Canada row

By JT - Aug 08,2018 - Last updated at Aug 08,2018

AMMAN — Jordan supports Saudi Arabia rights’ in implementing its own laws and rejects any interference in its internal affairs, an official said on Tuesday.

In a statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, State Minister for Media Affairs Jumana Ghunaimat stressed Jordan’s unaltered stance over the regional and international relation, which entails respecting the sovereignty of states. 

Ghunaimat underscored the right of Saudi Arabia to protect its national security, noting that the advanced reform measures being taken by the Saudi leadership to fulfill the aspirations of Saudis and serve the Islamic and Arab nations’ causes.

The remarks came amid a diplomatic row triggered by Canadian comments expressing concern over the arrests of activists in Saudi Arabia.

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WHILE IT MAY BE FAIR TO UNDERSTAND THAT JORDAN WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT THE PROTECTION OF ALL THE ARAB WORLD, I DO NOT THINK THAT IT IS TO THE BEST INTEREST OF JORDAN TO COME OUT OPENENLY TO SIDE WITH ONE FRIENDLY COUNTRY AGAINST ANOTHER. THE BEST PUBLIC POLICY APPROACH IN THIS CASE SHOULD HAVE BEEN TO REMAIN NEUTRAL AND TRY TO REACH OUT TO BOTH PARTIES. IN MY OPINION, THIS IS A POTENTIAL CATASTROPHIC ERROR.

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