Jordan has appointed a new ambassador to Israel over two years after the
previous envoy returned to Amman from Tel Aviv, a senior Jordanian official told
AFP and Ammon News on Friday.
The new ambassador, Walid Obeidat, is a
career diplomat in the Hashemite Kingdom’s foreign service.
Ammon News, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry consulted the Israeli Foreign
Ministry before making the appointment.
“No date has been set yet for his
departure to Israel,” the official told AFP.
Foreign Minister Avigdor
Liberman already welcomed the move at a pre-Rosh Hashana reception he held at
the Foreign Ministry earlier this month.
The Jordanian ambassador is
expected to present his credentials to President Shimon Peres in mid-October,
during a ceremony in which the new Egyptian ambassador -- Ataf Salam -- is also
expected to present his credentials.
Amman’s decision to send a new
ambassador came after Cairo decided to name a new envoy to replace Yasser Rada,
who finished his term in July.
The previous Jordanian envoy, Ali Ayed,
returned to Amman in July 2010 to take the helm of the Jordanian Information and
In late 2010, it was reported that Amman was
delaying appointing a new ambassador to Israel due to its dismay over the state
of peace talks with the Palestinians at the time.
Former Jordanian prime
minister Abdul Salam Majali, one of the chief negotiators in the peace agreement
between Israel and Jordan, reportedly said at the time that he was very
disappointed by the deterioration of the peace talks and accused Israel of
torpedoing the talks from their outset.