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Jordan, Germany disagree on 'immunity' of German troops

German soldiers could be transferred from Turkey to Jordan after a diplomatic falling out [Getty]

Date of publication: 27 August, 2017

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Jordanian officials said on Sunday that Jordan is negotiating with Berlin over the legal status of German troops to be stationed in the kingdom, amid reports that disagreements delayed deployment.

A Jordanian official said on Sunday that Jordan is still busy negotiating with Berlin over the legal status of German troops to be stationed in the kingdom, amid reports that disagreements delayed deployment.

The German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Germany seeks immunity in Jordan for 250 soldiers who are part of the US-led campaign against Islamic State group extremists.

The report says Jordan balked at the demand.

The Jordanian official said talks with Germany are "subject to international diplomatic rules" and "equal mutual treatment". 

He demanded anonymity because he was not authorised to brief reporters on the issue.

Germany’s defence ministry played down the report saying the negotiation process is ongoing and that "we are in fruitful talks with Jordan".

"We already started the deployment … and are expecting to be fully operational by October,” said a spokesman for the German defence ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with department policy.

Berlin chose Jordan for the venue of a new regional military base, after previous host Turkey prevented German lawmakers from visiting the troops there.

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