Tuesday, 30 November 2021 01:00 GMT

Egypt to persuade Jordan to join "deal of century"


(MENAFN) President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi's regime is making efforts to convince Jordan to join the "deal of the century" discussion related to Palestine and Israel conflict; Middle East Monitor reported siting Egyptian diplomatic sources.

"Jordan has an opposing position on the suggested US-Israeli vision of a settlement of the Palestinian cause," they said, adding that the Hashemite Kingdom's Abdullah II sees that the deal imposes unfair conditions and additional obligations on his country, at a time when it is fully favorable towards Israel.

"These efforts were made during a secret visit to Cairo by Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, and a senior adviser earlier this month," revealed the anonymous sources.

Egyptian efforts to influence Jordan's position are also moving towards convincing King Abdullah to declare Jordan's participation in the NEOM economic zone project, led by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.

The Saudi Crown Prince wants Jordan to join NEOM at the same time as Riyadh's official announcement of an agreement with Cairo guaranteeing the acquisition of a thousand square kilometres of land in of South Sinai earmarked for the massive project.

It's worth noting that the NEOM project, located in the far north-west of the Kingdom on the border with Jordan and was announced by Saudi Arabia's Bin Salman last October, is meant to include territory within Egypt -via a bridge- and Israel, with the latter joining once territorial matters regarding the Palestinian issue are agreed upon.

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