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Defence agreement signed with US does not affect Jordan’s sovereignty — FM

By JT - Mar 22,2021 - Last updated at Mar 22,2021

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi

AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Sunday said that the defence agreement signed with the US does not affect Jordanian sovereignty.

During a Lower House session, Safadi explained that the agreement comes within the military and security cooperation with the US side, which dates back to decades, stressing that the said cooperation does not authorise US forces to carry out combat missions on Jordanian territories, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The agreement, he added, is subject to both Jordanian and international laws, noting that it is exclusive to training and collaboration to fight terrorism.

He pointed out that tax exemptions stipulated in the agreement do not affect the state treasury, and include programmes funded by the US.

Safadi highlighted that providing protection comes as part of the commitment to international law, which regulates immunities, privileges, and movement as well as interactions between foreign missions and foreign operating entities.

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