Jordan and US: where to agree and where to disagree




Feb 11,2018 – JORDAN TIMES –


Jordan appears to be running a political strategy of opposing the US position of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. According to the Jordanian vision, the US should be careful with this as it could be a hindrance for the peace process and potentially risk the stability of the region. Jordan clearly recognises the importance of the US alliance, despite the disagreement with them on Jerusalem. US Vice President Mike Pence framed this, following his meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah in Amman, as they “agreed to disagree”.


For such a critical American ally in the region, it is not a good sign to disagree on a major issue like this. Instead of focusing on this disagreement, Jordan seems to focus on the areas of US strategy in the region on which they do agree and support strongly.


US foreign policy currently has three other major objectives; contesting the influence of Iran and its allies, stabilisation of Syria according to the US vision and managing the threat of North Korea. 


On Syria, the US has taken a new approach to counter Russian efforts in Sochi, with a renewed focus on the Syrian political process, future elections and a new constitution. Jordan strongly supports these efforts and on January 26, the US, Saudi Arabia, France, Jordan and the UK presented a political plan to the UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, who called the proposal a “practical approach” to solving the political process in Syria. So, on this US policy area, Jordan is in lock step.


During the World Economic Forum last month, King Abdullah did an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, during which he said that Iran was meddling in the affairs of a number of Arab countries and exploiting local militias and religion in regional conflicts. He also called Saudi Arabia’s role in the Middle East as positive, which draws “red lines” for Iran’s worrying activities. This strong criticism by King Abdullah of Iranian policies has provoked strong criticism from the Iranian side, but at the same time it falls perfectly in line with the American approach. 


Finally, King Abdullah recently approved Cabinet’s resolution number 6056 to cut all diplomatic relations with North Korean, clearly on track with the US position and strategies there.


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