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No sleeper cells in Jordan, says minister

By Omar Obeidat , Khetam Malkawi - Feb 07,2016 - Last updated at Feb 07,2016

AMMAN — There are no terrorist sleeper cells in Jordan, but rather some infiltrators who try to cross the borders, a senior government official stressed on Sunday.

“We do not have sleeper cells as some say… We just see some individuals try to cross the borders, but our security agencies are on alert,” said Minister of Interior Salameh Hammad at a press conference held by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour and members of the Cabinet on the outcome of the recent London conference on the refugee crisis.

The minister also stressed that Jordan’s stability is a result of the “prudent leadership and the sound policy adopted in dealing with internal and external challenges”.

“Jordan does not interfere with any other country’s affairs and does not allow others to interfere in our affairs,” he said, adding that such a policy has contributed much to the Kingdom’s stability.

He noted that Jordan’s security agencies are closely following developments  in the region, and particularly in Syria.

Their understanding of the situation has helped the country provide “full” accurate information to Russia and other countries of the world about the situation in the neighbouring country.


On the domestic front, Hammad stressed that the Jordanian people’s “awareness of their duties towards the country” is also key to the country’s internal stability.

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