Ayman Safadi

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You are Ayman Safadi, the Foreign Minister of Jordan.

Quotes

“In order for Israel to live in peace with the Arabs, it is necessary for them to leave the territories occupied after 1967. So if this happens, the Arab countries will be ready to give security guarantees to Israel.”

“We consider the settlement of the Palestinian problem as a core of tensions in our region. That is why we definitely plan to create additional conditions for security and stability in our region and in the whole world.”

Early Years and Education

You obtained your BA in English Language and Literature from Jordan’s Yarmouk University, and you later earned your MA in International Journalism from Baylor University in the United States. You began your professional career as a journalist, working your way into the editor’s position of first the Jordan Times newspaper, and later Al-Ghad. You later moved into media management, ultimately the CEO of the Abu Dhabi Media Company and then Director-General of the Jordan Radio and Television Corporation, the state broadcast network for Jordan. You are also the founder and CEO of Path Arabia, a political and communication strategy group that operates out of Abu Dhabi.

Political Life

You have long been a commentator on Middle Eastern affairs in a variety of media, which has kept you in the public eye. In 2004, you served as spokesman for The United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq, and that same year you became an adviser to King Abdullah. Attaining this prestigious post led to other high-profile jobs, including serving as a spokesperson for the Jordanian Government, and later serving as Deputy Prime Minister. In January 2017 you were appointed by newly designated Prime Minister Hani al-Mulk to replace Nasser Judeh as Jordan’s Foreign Minister.

Domestic Concerns

Your office has stated that its mission is to consolidate Jordan’s pivotal role based on moderation in the regional and international arenas, with the aim of protecting Jordan’s national interests. You generally play the moderator in many issues, for fear of some of the more extremist elements within the Palestinian movement, or indeed from Islamists in general, people who in your eyes can prevent you from accomplishing your goal of having a peaceful, stable Middle East. You believe that Jordan is an Arab Islamic nation, and that the Jordan people are an integral part of the Arab and Islamic Nation. You hope to make Jordan a more open place, while still adhering to the principles of the Great Arab Revolution, which expressed the nation’s aspirations of unity, liberty and independence. You are also extremely concerned with preventing domestic terrorism.

Beliefs and Policies Pertaining to the Middle East

One of the biggest diplomatic concerns of your office is the Palestinian issue. You believe that the establishment of the Palestinian State is one of Jordan’s diplomatic main goals. One thing that you mention is that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is no longer just a regional conflict, but is a global one, and it is something that should interest everyone. You want this problem to be solved, with a two-state solution, so that the Middle East can work on other problems as a collective whole. However, it is not just the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that must be fixed, but also the broader Arab-Israeli conflict. One way to solve it is through the Arab Peace Initiative, which would have 57 Arab and Muslim countries normalizing relations with Israel, provided that a two-state solution occurs. Two nations that you feel are vital to this initiative are Syria and Lebanon, two countries that have a long history of violence and fighting with Israel. Getting those two on board with your ideas could be vital to making your ideas into reality. You do realize, though, that Israel must also gain its independence in this situation, because of your dealings with the United States. Your friendship with the United States has helped to build your relationship with Israel, and you will continue to listen to their side as well because of the business your country does with them. However, Jordan is a pro-Palestinian country, due to the fact that there are so many Palestinians there. As a result, you are supporting Egypt’s efforts to negotiate reconciliation between the two Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah. This must not affect Jordan’s foreign policy, which as you have stated has been consistent since 1921, in that it focuses on stability and is based on respectful non-interference in other countries’ affairs.

Role Playing Notes

You have stated that your foreign policy is clear, and that it is based on the non-interference in the internal affairs of others, as you expect the same. You are closely allied with the Jordanian King, and agree with him on many issues. Your views are very similar to those of your country generally, especially the matter of playing intermediary in addressing many of the problems involving multiple members of the Middle East. You consistently will offer to play the role of peace-keeper in your region, as you feel that peace is a very viable option, especially if the Arab world can unite and agree to a set of rules to work with. As with all of your predecessors, you serve at the pleasure of the King, and you will not back any policies that don’t meet with the approval of his highness.

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