Monday, July 7, 2014

Jordan/México: Proposed Deal Between Amman, Mexico City Potentially Problematic for US, Canada

According to The Latin American Tribune, Amman's King Abdullah II told Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary José Antonio Meade on Sunday (July 6) that “Jordan represents a gateway for México to the Middle East,” the Royal Palace said in a statement.

Jordan offers a “strategic geographic location, benefits for investors, well-trained workers and free trade agreements with various countries,” King Abdullah II said.

COMMENT: Of all nations in the Persian Gulf, Jordan has a distinct disadvantage of getting the "short-sheet" in terms of lucrative natural resources which is why of all Gulf states, Jordan has to be grateful for any bi-lateral deals it can facilitate on its own behalf.

That being said, Jordan finds itself in a very rough neighborhood with next door neighbors prone to unpredictable, notorious and unscrupulous bedside manners.

King Abdullah II must be sensing turbulence on his own turf  for him to travel half way around the world to meet with Foreign Relations Secretary Meade.

Although the King's position is completely understandable given his economic shortfalls, yet both the US and Canada should be wondering what political impact "having México being a gateway to the Middle East" poses to both North American neighbors, particularly given the global threat of sharia-ism in contrast to religious freedom.

Given the real-time crisis that already prevails on the southern border of the US after President Obama himself facilitated the exodus of tens of thousands of Central Americans, most of whom are parent-less, one can only imagine the result of México becoming a "gateway" to the Middle East."

While the cornerstone of the Obama Administration seems to include being a "crisis-creator" rather than a "crisis neutralizer," it appears that the biggest challenge for the fifty US states is in getting the feds to do their mandated work and yet "stand-down" from engaging in state-level affairs.

As has often been said, "if you're not a part of the solution, you may become the source of the problem." 

As part of his visit, the King also met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Jordan is preparing to open an embassy in Mexico City later this year and hopes to conclude a bilateral free trade agreement in the near term, the King said.

Meade and his Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Judeh, discussed the free trade agreement on Sunday (July 6).