By Mohammad Ghazal – Aug 28,2017 – JORDAN TIMES
AMMAN — Relations between Jordan and Syria are moving in a positive direction in light of new realities in Syria in the field and change in the tone of regional and international powers on how to deal with the situation in Syria, pundits said Monday.
Jordan, which maintained a relationship with the Syrian regime since 2011 by keeping its embassy open in Damascus and allowing Syria’s embassy to remain operating in Amman, has followed a “wisely balanced policy in handling the situation that left options open”, the observers told The Jordan Times.
Following the recent military developments in Syria, the policy turned out to be “pragmatic”, they said.
None of the regional and international powers at this stage call for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad and these players, including Jordan, are pressing for a political solution that preserves the unity of Syria, they said.
“Jordan and Syria need each other at all levels…It is time for a new chapter in the relationship between the two countries…we sense positive signals issued from both sides for enhanced relationship,” Jamal Al Shalabi, a professor of political science at the Hashemite University, told The Jordan Times on Monday.
“The two countries cannot but have close cooperation at the economic and the security level to start with, and in spite of all the pressures on Jordan from regional and international players, the country succeeded in keeping the minimum level of communication with the Syrians, which is balanced and wise policy,” Shalabi added.
The Syrian regime, supported by Iran, Russia and Lebanon’s Hizbollah, was capable of achieving important victories that changed the rules of the game, he said, adding that the Jordanian position on Syria is witnessing a positive tone that is in sync with that of other international powers such as the UK and France.
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