Interviewing His Excellency Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Twitter #QFMJO
Tonight was an interesting night where I was fortunate enough to interview H.E Nasser Judeh or @Nasserhudeh on twitter. I used Wazzup and search #QFMJO Which shows a good overall view, I should have used Twitlonger for Q & A but will do in my next interview. For a couple of days I announced the interview along with the hashtag #QFMJO (Questions to Foreign Minister of Jordan) and collected around 40 questions that tackles foreign issues. The interview was a great step towards an open dialogue between the government and the people, there are more officials who showed interest in conducting the same interview, which will be conducting later on. This is just a start and you can continue the dialogue at 7iber
Shusmo: We are about to start the interview with His Excellency Mr. Nasser Judeh, please no interruptions all questions has been
NasserJudeh: @Shusmo Are we set?
Shusmo: @NasserJudeh Yes sir.
Shusmo: First I would like to thank His Excellency for taking the time to communicate with us via Twitter, and here are the instructions: When I ask the question I will be mentioning the name of the person asking the question,when answering pls start with #QFMJO + Name + Tweet
NasserJudeh: @SamiaQ #QFMJO Jordan’s foreign policy reflects Jordan`s national interests and is affected by the variables affecting its national interest, So the direct answer to your question is that national interest drives Jordanian foreign policy. in some instances Jordan’s national interests may well converge with those of other countries.
Shusmo: @NasserJudeh Thank you, next Q
NasserJudeh: there is no doubt peace & stability in our region and a just solution to Arab Israeli conflict will unleash the vast potential, of this region and enable regional cooperation to bring about prosperity. this is a Jordanian national interest.
NasserJudeh: @Tarawnah #QFMJO absolutly not. jordan’s peaceful neoclear energy program is a strategic requirement 4Jordan. There is not US pressure, there is not Us pressure not to proceed with the program on the contrary there is support for this, as expressed recently by the state dep. discussions are ongoing with the US to finalize NCA similar to ones signed with others, israel may have tried to throw a spanner in the works in our discussion with other countries but this will not deter us. and our Neoclear program is proceeding on schedule. neoclear energy for jordan is not a luxury but a question of survival given our reliance on imported energy, which takes its heavy toll on our economy. All our friends appreciate this.
NasserJudeh: #QFMJO Turkey is an important neighbour to our region and is attempting to contribute positvely to quest of peace as are many other countries around the world in the final analyses the world stands to beenefit from peace and stability in the ME I recenlty said that peacein the ME is peace of mind for the rest of the world so all positive contributions are welcome but God helps those who help themselves, and we owe this to our childern and their children.
NasserJudeh: @MohannedA #QFMJO providing support? We are in this effort primarly to protect our own national interests and citizens. need i remind need i remind how many times we were targeted by terror and how many innocent lives we have lost? and yes in order for this to be effective it has to be in concert with the golbale network. as for leverage; experience, respect our leadership’s vision and wisdom and stature on the world stage to name but a few factors contributing to leverage.
NasserJudeh: #QFMJO الاردن ليس وطنا بديلا لاحد. فلسطين هي فلسطين والاردن هو الاردن وكل من يدعي او يروج لغير ذلك هو واهم @bataleh ÷ما بالنسبة لغزة اما بالنسبة لغزة فموقف جلالة الملك المعظم الثابت هة بضرورة وحتمية رفع الحصار الجائر عن اهلنا في غزة وبوجود المستشفى الميداني. العسكري ومئات قوافل الااغاثة والمساعدات الطبية والانسانية والغذائية لغزة كنا فعليا اول من كسر الحصار قولا وفعلا. والاردن يسخر كافة علاقاته الدبلوماسية لخدمة القضايا العربية وفي جوهرها القضية الفلسطينية واهلها.
NasserJudeh: #QFMJO forgive me for saying that this a rhetorical question as no one has played a more active role in the quest for peace in our region
NasserJudeh: #QFMJO please forgive spelling mistakes as i am typing very fast with two fingers but you get the general drift i hope.
NasserJudeh: Jordan’s foreign policy is not 1 that is based on axies & or alliances it’s one based on concensus building and a collective effort.#QFMJO HM Traverls the world to bring opp. to Jordan & to focus intl attention on regional challenges and need to collectivly address them #QFMJO
NasserJudeh: #QFMJO I really hope that one day they will be able to as it is important.
NasserJudeh: #QFMJO We do have the ministry’s website in both english and Arabic, they are undergoing redesign and redevelopment.
NasserJudeh: #QFMJO No different in HM’s meetings with Obama since he took office there has been nothing but reaffermation of strong bond between between 2 countries and appreciation for jordan’s imp. role in region as a voice of reason and vision. This feeling is carried from administration to administration. @MohannedA
NasserJudeh: #QFMJO @ Building on work of pervious ministers and ensuring that diplomatic corp is eqpt, trained and supported 2 carry out it’s it’s duties in implemnting HM’s visions and policies. i always say that HM with the respect that he has around the world opens the door and creates opp. it is up to us to walk through these doors and do our work. this requires a polished diplomatic corp and attracting a new generation of young energetic jordanian men and women serving their country here and abroad, that is my dream here at the ministry. empower those who are here and attract talent into the system.
NasserJudeh: #QFMJO I think this is a question for others in the gov. and although I am not short of an answer lets stick to foreign policy
NasserJudeh: #QFMJO refere to what HM & PM said recently on vision for the kind of political parliamentary representation Jordanians should aspire 2 truly reflect our country’s vision for the future, an essential component of the work of Jordanian embassies abroad is maintain channels with jordanian communities abroad we do everything in our power 2 facilitate and meet needs of Jordanians abroad and provide them wih assistance required 2 maintain links with their homeland.
NasserJudeh: #QFMJO shall we
NasserJudeh: #QFMJO @elsalameen Wh,y I dont know. its for them to answer. But Jordan’s nuclear prog is transparent, abides by int”l standards and checks and on more than one occasion they tried to undercut our discussions with some countries on NCA.but since we made a noise about it they are now trying to cooperate.
NasserJudeh: @Shusmo My pleasure I enjoyed it thoroughly brought back good memories of when I used to do this as minster of inf. #QFMJO in fact I remember a night like this one when i sat late into the night with my good friend Marwan Jumah @ICTMIN in the mid 90′s @ netsonline’s Ask The Gov. Back then internet was a novelty and look where we are today. Their Majestieshave set an example hve set an example of how to be close to people whether in real life or cyberspace and we are trying to follow that example today we see the PM and several ministerws and officials not only on twitter but everywhere. this is the beauty of our beloved Jordan
NasserJudeh: #QFMJO if I have not answered any remaining question by all means keep them coming and I promise to answer in due course. Thank u @Shusmo
NasserJudeh: #QFMJO and thanks to my entire team whose suppopset in always invaluable. lets do another session soon! Good Night!