Heiko Maas looked uncomfortable as he sat among a group of refugees in Jordan on Thursday. After an excited young boy — no older than 12 — whispered in his ear, cameras began snapping for what seemed like several minutes. Maas was markedly relieved when the scene ended. Interactions staged for the press are not yet the new German foreign minister’s thing. Just days after visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories, Maas traveled to Jordan, where roughly half the population is estimated to have Palestinian roots. Shortly before Maas departed for the capital, Amman, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made headlines by stating that Israel had the right to exist as a sovereign state. Read more : What is the Saudi prince’s strategy in recognizing Israel? When Maas touched down in Amman on Wednesday, he called the announcement a “positive development,” while at the same time pointing to the many conflicts in the region and the various actors involved in them. Germany, he said, would seek to do what it could to help bring an end to the tension. Maas called the Saudi crown prince’s announcement on Israel a “positive development” While in Jordan, Maas said he wanted to “see the… Read full this story
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