Jordan's Prime Minister Awn Al Khasawneh has revealed his country's intention to invite the Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal to visit Jordan again. Meshaal was in Amman recently accompanied by Qatar's Crown Prince.
Speaking to the local media, Mr. Al Khasawneh said, "There will be another invitation for Mr. Meshaal to visit Amman again soon, but there is no intention to restore the relationship with Hamas in its previous organisational form; there will be no Hamas office here."
Meshaal's visit to Amman with Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamid Al Thani last month was his first in twelve years. During the visit, the Hamas delegation met Jordan's King Abdullah II and a number of Jordanian officials. All stressed their opposition to resettlement schemes and the notion of Jordan being an "alternative homeland" for Palestinians.
During the interview, the Jordanian Prime Minister expressed his concerns about the state of his country's relations with Israel. "We are going through an uncomfortable time with the Israelis," he said. "Any observer of the current situation should worry about Israel's shift towards right-wing extremism."