Brotherhood demand answers on Jordan-Iran ties

The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood is questioning if Jordan has joined the alliance between Iran and the Syrian regime.

Brotherhood demand answers on Jordan-Iran ties

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday urged the government to clarify what appears to be a new chapter of relations with Iran following a visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

"Jordan has adopted negative attitudes toward Iran in the past," Zaki Bani Rsheid, deputy general supervisor of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, told Anadolu Agency.

"Jordan plays an effective role in the region, particularly in relation to Iraq and Syria, thanks to its geographical location," Bani Rsheid added.

Zarif arrived in Amman on Tuesday for two days of talks with top Jordanian officials, including Jordanian King Abdullah II.

Talks in Amman focused on the situation in Syria, the Middle East peace process, the Iranian nuclear deal and Jordan-Iran economic cooperation.

Bani Rsheid asked whether Jordan had been asked to play a new role in the region or if it had joined the Iran-Syria alliance.

"The Iranians are trying to do this by exploiting the recent deal between the US and their country," Bani Rsheid argued.

"Can we say that Jordan has changed its position on the crisis in Syria?" he asked.

Jordan's King Abdullah had been the first Arab ruler to call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

"If Bashar had the interest of his country [in mind], he would step down," King Abdullah told the BBC in a 2011 interview. "But he would also create an ability to reach out and start a new phase of Syrian political life."

Following Zarif's visit, the Jordanian government issued a statement in which it expressed its commitment to resolving the stalemate over Iran's nuclear activities in a peaceful manner.

Amman also expressed hope that the crisis in neighboring Syria could be solved peacefully and in a way that would guarantee Syria's territorial integrity.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Ocak 2014, 10:07