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Diplomatic representation in Jordan



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MINISTER FOR

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

No. Date

M5 12 January 1982

J U A U S T R A L I A (1 >

NEWS RELEASE THE HON. TONY STREET, M.P.

DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATION IN JORDAN

The M in is te r f o r Foreign A f f a i r s / the Hon Tony S tre e t MPz

today announced the Government's decision to appoint a resident Ambassador to Jordan. At present the A u s tra lia n Ambassador to S yria is a c c re d ite d to Jordan on a n o n -resident b a s is .

The M in is te r noted th a t A u s tr a lia had increased i t s contact

w ith Jordan in the la s t few y e a rs . Both King Hussein and Crown P rince

Hassan had v i s i t e d A u s t r a lia in t h i s period and the Prime M in is te r held

discussions with the Crown P rince again in London in June la s t y e a r. C o-operation between Jordan and A u s t r a l i a / p a r t i c u l a r l y in the- a g r i c u l t u r a l f i e l d / had expanded re c e n tly and i t was expected th a t b i l a t e r a l r e la tio n s

would develop and d i v e r s i f y . !

The Government recognised the importance of s t a b i l i t y in the Middle East fo r the re s t of the w o rld / in c lu d in g A u s t r a l i a / and the

n e ce s sity fo r a comprehensive peace settlem ent to the A r a b - I s r a e l i d is p u te . Diplom atic t i e s a t the highest le v e l w ith f r i e n d l y countries

such as Jordan would ensure th a t A u s tr a lia was f u l l y informed about developments in the re g io n .

The announcement of the d ip lo m atic re p re s e n ta tiv e to take up the appointment w i l l be made a t a l a t e r d a te .

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