The Jordanian Prime Minister's comments that his country has never viewed Iran as a national security threat come just over a month after King Abdullah II told the Hoover Institution at Stanford University that Iran and its puppets are filling the vacuum left by Russia* in southern Syria.
Jordan has never viewed Iran as a threat to its national security, Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh told BBC Arabic on Sunday, despite Jordanian King Abdullah II and the country's security officials earlier saying otherwise.< /p>
The Jordanian prime minister raised the issue of drug smuggling along Jordan's northern border with Syria, saying that there has been an increase in smuggling operations. Jordan is in talks with the Syrian authorities on the matter.
When asked how this smuggling activity is linked to Iran, Khasauneh said in an interview that there is a smuggling network that stretches across the region that “helps finance those who is investing in this trade.”
Khasavneh stressed that Russian forces have provided security in southern Syria through a series of agreements and suggested that the recent reprioritization of the invasion of Ukraine has led to a reduction in the presence of Russian forces in this area, resulting in an increase in smuggling operations.