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Foreign ministry: UPI report on minister's meeting with Saudi, Qatari envoys "inaccurate".

Amman, April 1 (Petra) -- The Ministry of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs on Monday said that a UPI report on Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh's meeting with the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia and Qatar contained a number of inaccuracies that must be clarified.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sabah al-Rafe'i dismissed as untrue a quote included in the UPI report which said the foreign minister told the ambassadors that: " The recent stances on Saudi Arabia and Qatar announced during a Lower House of Parliament meeting do not reflect the position of the parliament." Al-Rafe'i added that Chairman of the Parliament's Arab and International Affairs Committee MP Bassam al-Manaseer attended the meeting and said the lawmakers' comments reflect personal views and come within democratic practices. The MP and Judeh highlighted Jordan's strong ties with Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The spokesman noted that MP Bassam al-Manaseer is the one who said during the meeting that "it was unfair to hold Riyadh and Doha accountable for what is happening in Syria in particular and the Arab Spring in general." Al-Manaseer added that he would convene an emergency meeting for the Arab and International Affairs Committee to issue the appropriate statement.

The foreign ministry spokesman urged UPI correspondent to seek accuracy in the future and contact the ministry about any remarks by the Foreign Minister.

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Date:Apr 1, 2013
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