Published: 2019-07-05 10:47
Last Updated: 2019-07-05 11:15
The Jordanian delegation, headed by Assistant Speaker of the House of Representatives MP Ibrahim Al-Qar'an, withdrew from the first day of the conference held by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Luxembourg this week.
The reason? To protest against its seating near an Israeli delegation!
Al-Qar'an said that his delegation, which includes other Jordanian members of parliament, withdrew after it he surprised that the seat allocated to him was at the same table prepared for the Israeli delegation.
The delegation made several attempts to pressure the organizers of the conference to change the seat or to remove the Israeli delegation, yet they refused.
Al-Qar'an said that despite the delegation's keenness to participate in the conference, the principle of not sitting next to Israeli Jews "came from our principles and ethics and our noble religion that does not allow us to sit with this occupier of our holy sites."
60 countries were invited to discuss rights, security, democracy and terrorism cooperation.