On October 3, the royal Jordanian palace announced that King Abdullah had received a phone call from Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. This was the first such communication between the town leaders since the start of the conflict in Syria a decade ago.
During the phone call, King Abdullah and President Assad discussed bilateral ties and means of enhancing cooperation between their respective countries.
“King Abdullah reiterated Jordan’s support for efforts to safeguard Syria’s sovereignty, stability, territorial integrity, and the unity of its people,” a statement on the call by the Royal Hashemite Court reads.
King Abdullah was among the leaders who called on Assad to step down following the outbreak of the conflict in Syria in 2011.
In the recent months, Jordan took a series of steps to normalize relations with Damascus once again, boosted by a US initiative to provide Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity to crisis-struck Lebanon via Syria.
On September 19, Syrian Defense Minister and Chief of Staff Ali Ayyoub paid a visit to Jordan where discussed “fighting terrorism and border control” with the Kingdom’s military leadership. Later on September 23, Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad met with his Jordanian counterpart in New York on the side line of the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
The relations between Jordan and Syria saw another breakthrough on September 28 when the Nasib border crossing linking the two countries was reopened.
Jordan’s rapprochement with Assad is a testimony to the failure of the US policy on Syria. Even US allies in the Middle East appear to be fed up with Washington repeated attempts to isolate and discredit Damascus. These attempts had a bad economic and security impacts on Syria’s neighbors, including Jordan.
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