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Japanese hostage is part of prisoner swap negotiation with ISIS but ‘our priority is our pilot,’ says Jordanian Foreign Minister

January 28th, 2015
04:03 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

Jordanian Foreign Minister told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday that Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, who is currently held by ISIS, is part of the negotiations with the terror group, but that Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh is the priority.

“Yes, of course,” Nasser Judeh told Amanpour over the phone in response to questioning about whether Kenji Goto is part of ongoing negotiations with ISIS, which were made public on Wednesday.

“But as you know our priority is our pilot, but we are cooperating very, very closely with our Japanese friends and allies. It is ISIS, Daish [the Arabic acronym used for the group], that has tied the fate of the two captives together.”

Judeh also confirmed that the negotiations had been taking place for weeks and through intermediaries.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Japan • Jordan • Latest Episode

Jordan govt. is choosing 'the least bad option'

January 28th, 2015
02:16 PM ET

Negotiating with terrorists is "not in Jordan's usual policy," Former Deputy Jordanian Prime Minister Marwan Muasher tells Christiane Amanpour.

Click above to watch the full interview.

Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iraq • Jordan • Latest Episode • Syria

Angelina Jolie giving a voice to the voiceless refugees in Syria

June 21st, 2013
09:55 AM ET

More than one million Syrian refugees have already spilled into Lebanon, which is bracing for a million more.

The human tide is also overflowing into all of Syria's neighbors, including Turkey and Jordan.

Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie is in Jordan as the U.N.'s special envoy, giving voice to the tens of thousands of women and children who've been left homeless by the Syrian War.

In the video above you can see the moving report for she filed on World Refugee Day for Christiane Amanpour's program – giving a voice to the voiceless refugees in Syria.

Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Syria • Jordan • Imagine a World • Lebanon

Jordan paying high price for its compassion

May 24th, 2013
11:22 PM ET

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with U.N. Ambassador Prince Zeid al-Hussein about how the Syrian war might destabilize Jordan.

Filed under:  Syria • Jordan

Arab Spring knocking at Jordan’s door

December 5th, 2012
12:41 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

The Arab Spring has spared Jordan’s monarchy, but the foreign minister says it cannot be ignored.

“The Arab Spring has affected Jordan - a gentle breeze, as I keep saying, as opposed to the turbulent winds we saw in other countries,” Nasser Judeh told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Tuesday.

Small outbursts in Jordan have turned into increasingly large protests. Islamists have taken to the street, along side ordinary people who are protesting increasing utility costs, corruption and a lack of reforms.

Shouts that King Abdullah II must go have been heard, but Judeh dismissed them, saying “It's a few people who did that in an atmosphere of an angry reaction over lifting subsidies on fuel products. So it's unfair to say ‘the people are asking.’”

Judeh defended Jordan’s constitutional monarchy and went as far as to say that King Abdullah II is the consensus figure for the country.

“He's the guarantor of the reform process; he's the facilitator of dialogue. And at the end of the day, he's the one who's leading this reform process” Judeh told Amanpour. FULL POST

Filed under:  Israel • Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Syria • Jordan