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News: NATO and Jordan Statement on the Decision to Open a NATO Liaison Office in Amman, 10 July 2024

At the 2024 NATO Summit in Washington DC, Allies, highlighting the evolving regional and global security landscape, adopted an action plan for a more assertive, strategic and results-oriented approach to their southern neighbourhood. The plan clearly demonstrates NATO’s commitment to strengthening engagement and cooperation with its partners in the Middle East and North Africa, including through the establishment of its first liaison office in the region, in Amman, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

This decision, which follows the intention expressed in the Communiqué of the NATO Summit in Vilnius in July 2023, clearly marks an important milestone in the deep strategic partnership between Jordan and the Alliance. It recognises Jordan’s important role as a beacon of stability in both the regional and global context, and as a long-standing advocate in the fight against transnational threats, including terrorism and violent extremism.

The Office, which will act as a representative office, will bring NATO and Jordan closer together, enhancing political dialogue and practical cooperation in areas of common interest between the Alliance and Jordan. It will facilitate regular interaction between NATO and Jordanian authorities, thereby contributing to a better shared understanding of the national and regional context, and to the development and implementation of partnership programmes and activities, including, but not limited to, conferences, courses and training programmes in areas such as strategic analysis, civil emergency planning and preparedness, crisis management, public diplomacy, cybersecurity and climate change.

Building on nearly three decades of deeply rooted bilateral relations, in particular through the Mediterranean Dialogue, the opening of a NATO Liaison Office in Amman is a natural progression of the long-standing relationship between NATO and Jordan, which will only continue to grow.

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