Jordan appoints new ambassador to Israel

(JTA) — Jordan reportedly has appointed a new ambassador to Israel.

The position has been vacant since mid-2010, when Ali al-Ayed left to become the country’s Minister of Media Affairs.

Jordan did not fill the position immediately, citing the lack of progress in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

The appointment late last week of career diplomat Walid Obeidat was reported by the French news service AFP and Ammon News.

Obeidat is expected to arrive in Israel next month, and will become the fifth Jordanian ambassador to Israel since a peace treaty between the two countries was signed in 1994.

The appointment comes three weeks after Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi named a new Egyptian ambassador to Israel, who will officially take office on Oct. 17.

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