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Ambassador Vincent O'Neill

Ambassador O'Neill

Welcome Message

Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Ireland in Jordan.

In 2018, the Irish Government launched the Global Island initiative which has the ambition of doubling the scope and impact of Ireland’s global footprint between now and 2025. As part of this initiative the Government is committed to open new diplomatic missions in countries which are of particular importance to Ireland. It was in this context that the Government agreed to open a new Embassy in Jordan.

I’m delighted to be appointed to serve as Ireland’s first resident Ambassador to our new Embassy in Jordan. Our Embassy opened in Amman in January 2019 and I was honoured to present diplomatic credentials to His Majesty King Abdullah II on March 6th of this year.

The decision to open this new Mission reflects the importance placed by the Irish Government on our bilateral relationship and our determination to strengthen this further in the years to come.

It reflects Ireland’s commitment to peace and stability in the Middle East and our interest in working more closely with the Jordanian Government in their efforts to prevent an acceleration of regional tensions and contribute to the Middle East Peace Process.

It relates to Ireland’s interest in continuing to support Jordan in the generous and hugely important protection and assistance it  provides to refugees displaced from conflict in surrounding countries.

It is important also in furthering our trading links with Jordan and its neighbouring countries and in exploring how Ireland’s economic development can inform the path to economic transformation in Jordan.

And it demonstrates a determination to improve access to consular and support services for Irish citizens as well as facilitating the promotion of greater cultural and educational exchange between our two countries.

Over the next year, our priority will be to reach out to Government institutions and other diplomatic missions, to meet business groups, civil society organizations and representatives from the Irish Jordanian community – all with a view to better understanding the country, its governance, its institutions and its challenges.

We will also be looking at opportunities for deepening our engagement across political, economic and development arenas – all with a view to informing how our Embassy can effectively contribute to advancing Ireland’s prosperity, our values, our influence and our services in Jordan in a manner that is mutually beneficial to both of our countries.

Please let me know if you have suggestions for our future work or if there are ways in which we can be of assistance to you.

In conclusion I’d like to convey my appreciation to former Irish Honorary Consul   Ramsey Khoury and his staff for the great work they have undertaken, to the benefit of Irish citizens, over the past 16 years.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh. Thank you.

Vincent O’Neill
Ambassador of Ireland to Jordan