Jordan Intercepts Iranian Drones, Summons Tehran’s Ambassador for Talks
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, in meeting with Dutch Minister Stef Blok at Hotel Dylan in Amsterdam, Feb. 16, 2020. (Dutch Foreign Ministry)

Jordan Intercepts Iranian Drones, Summons Tehran’s Ambassador for Talks

Jordan summoned Iran’s ambassador in Amman on Sunday, warning Tehran against undermining its stance after intercepting Iranian drones and missiles aimed at Israel. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi emphasized the kingdom’s readiness to respond to any threats to its airspace during an interview with state-owned Al Mamlaka TV.

Safadi clarified that Jordan’s conflict is not with Iran but expressed frustration over disparaging remarks from Iranian media, asserting that Jordan’s historical support for Palestine is unquestionable. He also voiced concerns about the potential for regional conflict escalation due to the ongoing strife in Gaza.

“We do not seek conflict with anyone, certainly not with Iran. We aspire to maintain positive relations,” Safadi stated, highlighting Jordan’s desire for peace. He further mentioned the importance of preventing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from exploiting the Iranian assault as a justification to continue actions against Gaza.

The Jordanian cabinet confirmed that their military had successfully intercepted the drones, with debris falling in various locations across Jordan, without causing significant damage or injuries.

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