Jordan refuses Iran's 'oil for religious tourism' offer

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November 23, 2012 18:15

 
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Official Jordanian sources expressed reservations about remarks by Iran's ambassador in Amman that Tehran is prepared to provide the Hashemite Kingdom with free oil and energy products for 30 years, according to a report by CNN Arabic on Friday.

Tehran's ambassador to Jordan, Dr. Mostafa Mosleh-Zadeh, said late on Wednesday that Tehran is ready to supply Jordan with oil and energy for the next 30 years, in return for in return for goods the Islamic Republic needs and for allowing Shiite religious tourism to Jordan.

Mosleh-Zadeh said that Tehran is seeking to increase "diplomatic and commercial relations" with Jordan, in comments made on the Fi al-Samim program aired by Jordan's Josat TV.

However, Jordanian government spokesman Samih al-Maaytah said Friday that though the government is looking for alternative ways to solve the energy crisis, the Kingdom is "eager [to maintain] relations with the Gulf countries despite the delay in aid," according to CNN Arabic.

CNN Arabic also cited anonymous Jordanian officials who said the Iranian offer was based on barter especially regarding trade and Shiite religious tourism in the country.

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