Jordan Submits Candidate to Fill Vacant Israel Ambassador Post

ordan's newly appointed ambassador to Israel Walid Obeidat speaks during his meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres (unseen) upon presenting his credentials on October 17, 2012, at the presidential compound in Jerusalem. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)

The Times of Israel reports: Jordan has submitted to Israel for approval its preferred candidate to serve as the next ambassador to the Jewish state, but has yet to receive a response from Jerusalem, a source in the Jordanian capital said on Wednesday.

Former Jordanian Ambassador to Israel Walid Obeidat (pictured) recently left Tel Aviv after serving as Jordan’s envoy for more than five years. Jordan has asked for Israel’s approval to tap Ghassan Majali, who previously served as the Jordanian ambassador to Spain, as its new envoy in Tel Aviv, the source in Amman told The Times of Israel.

When asked to confirm whether Israel received a Jordanian request to approve Majali, Israeli Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Ohad Kaynar said, “These are issues discussed through diplomatic channels. The Foreign Ministry will provide updates in accordance with further developments.”

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