Jordan’s king, EU foreign policy chief review ailing economy

A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on May 20, 2017, shows Jordan’s King Abdullah II (R) and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini during a meeting in the capital Amman (File photo: AFP)
Updated 10 June 2018
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Jordan’s king, EU foreign policy chief review ailing economy

AMMAN: King Abdullah II and visiting EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini have discussed Jordan’s economic challenges, meeting just days after protests against proposed tax increases brought down the Kingdom’s prime minister.
The royal court said Saturday that the king and Mogherini reviewed reforms and economic programs meant to address the crisis.
Incoming Prime Minister Omar Razzaz has said he would scrap the planned tax increases and try to come up with a new proposal in consultations with different groups. The old plan had been criticized as unfairly targeting the poor and the middle class.
Still, Jordan remains under pressure from the International Monetary Fund to carry out economic reforms and get a grip on rising public debt, in part caused by regional crises such as the influx of Syrian refugees.


Anti-Daesh coalition strikes kill 36 civilians in east Syria: monitor

Updated 14 min 33 sec ago
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Anti-Daesh coalition strikes kill 36 civilians in east Syria: monitor

BEIRUT: Coalition air strikes Saturday killed at least 36 civilians related to Daesh in an extremist holdout in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border, a Britain-based monitor said.
Seventeen children were among the family members killed in Abu Hassan village of Deir Ezzor province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.