No Jordanian troops in Kuwait: Official
Jordanian government source denies media report that Hashemite kingdom had sent troops to Kuwait to suppress planned Sunday rally by local political opposition
Noha Al-Badry, Sunday 4 Nov 2012
Supporters of members of parliament who are boycotting the upcoming elections protest against a newly declared election law in front of a newspaper's office in Shuwaikh October 31, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
Recent media reports that Jordanian forces had been deployed in Kuwait to assist in suppressing ongoing popular protests in that country are "fabricated" and "not worthy of comment," a high-level source within the Jordanian government stated on Sunday.
In a short statement published by Jordanian newspaper 'Al-Dustour' on Sunday, the source asserted that the reports had been "fabricated to serve dubious agendas" that sought to put pressure on Jordan due to the country's stated positions on certain regional issues.
The source went on to urge Jordanian media outlets to refrain from spreading such rumours, which, the source stressed, only served to harm Jordan's national interests.
Last week, Lebanon's 'Al Manar' television channel, affiliated with Shiite resistance group Hezbollah, reported the presence of some 16,000 Jordanian troops in Kuwait.
The channel went on to assert that the troops had been dispatched – in return for a $6 billion payment – to suppress a planned demonstration organised by Kuwait's political opposition.
The allegations initially appeared to be supported by anonymous posts on Twitter and additional "unconfirmed reports."
The Twitter posts, posted by a Saudi national with the username 'Mujtahidd,' quickly generated a large numbers of responses and sparked several online debates, especially within Middle Eastern circles.
Notably, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh arrived in Kuwait on Saturday night, where he is heading up the Jordanian delegation to a scheduled meeting of the Jordan-Kuwait Higher Committee.