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Parliamentary Diplomacy in Jordan: Towards a New Outlook
2018-12-08

Al-Quds Center for Political studies, under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Atef Al Tarawneh, Speaker of the Jordanian Parliament, organized a seminar entitled, "Parliamentary Diplomacy in Jordan: Towards a New Outlook." The conference took place on December 8th, 2018, at the Royal Hotel in Amman, Jordan.

The conference included the presentation of the findings and recommendations of the policy paper, "Parliamentary Diplomacy: Understanding the Jordanian Experience in the Regional and International Framework" by Mr. Oraib Al Rantawi, Director General of the Al-Quds Center for Political Studies. His Excellency Mr. Atef Al Tarawneh gave an address entitled, ”Towards Building New Parliamentary Diplomatic Traditions.” In the second session, entitled "Institutional Framework of Parliamentary Diplomacy: Parliamentary Views," four Jordanian officials, including Members of Parliment and members of the House of Representatives, were invited to speak.  

The aim of the seminar was to highlight the importance of parliamentary diplomacy as a response to the diplomatic efforts of the Jordanian state institutions and representatives. It emphasized the important role of the House of Representatives, and not only the Foreign Ministry, in promoting diplomatic international relations, as a body of elected officials representing the will and interests of the Jordanian people. The conference opened a dialogue to examining the pattern of parliamentary diplomacy in the National Assembly and discussing ways to institutionalize it, especially through the Standing Foreign Affairs Committee.

Program: 

Opening Session: 10:00 -12:00

  • Welcome speech presenting the findings and recommendations of the policy paper, "Parliamentary Diplomacy: Understanding the Jordanian Experience in the Regional and International Framework"

- Mr. Oraib Al Rantawi, Director General of the Al-Quds Center for Political Studies.

  • Keynote Speech, ”Towards Building New Parliamentary Diplomatic Traditions”

- His Excellency Mr. Atef Al Tarawneh,  Speaker of the Jordanian Parliament

Open Discussion and Debate

Second Session: 12:30 – 2:00

Institutional Framework of Parliamentary Diplomacy: Parliamentary Views: 

Session Moderator:

  • His Excellency Deputy Ahmed Safadi, Head of the Future Parliamentary Bloc.

Speakers:

  • His Excellency Dr. Nidal Ta'ani, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives.
  • His Excellency Deputy Khamis Attia, First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives during the First Ordinary Session and the Second Ordinary Session of the Eighteenth Council
  • His Excellency MP Mohammed Al-Zu'bi, Chairman of the Jordanian-Omani Parliamentary Committee
  • His Excellency Deputy Nabil Ghishan, Chairman of the Jordanian-Russian Friendship Committee

Open Discussion and Debate

For photos of the event, please click the following link:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/Dv8ap2CREeQU7CqL6