The Embassy of Ireland in Jordan opened in January 2019. The decision to open a new Embassy in Jordan is part of the of the Global Ireland initiative of the Irish Government. Through this initiative, the Government is committed to open new diplomatic missions in countries which are of particular importance to Ireland. The Embassy is soon to be accredited to Iraq.
Since opening the new Embassy almost two and a half years ago, we have been focused on a core set of priorities.
We are working to strengthen and deepen the bilateral relationship between the Irish and Jordanian Governments.
We are supporting the delivery of Ireland’s commitment to peace and stability in the Middle East through 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. This is of particular importance to Irelands membership of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2021-2022.
We are providing financial assistance, through our partnership with United Nations agencies and other partners, to support Jordan in the generous and hugely important protection and assistance it provides to refugees displaced from conflict in surrounding countries.
We are providing important consular services for Irish citizens resident in, or travelling to Jordan as well as to Jordanian citizens planning to travel to, or live in, Ireland.
We are actively involved in increasing the awareness and understanding of Ireland in Jordan as well as facilitating the promotion of greater cultural and educational exchange between our two countries.
We are supporting in deepening and broadening Irelands trading links with Jordan. With the support of the recently established Jordan Ireland Business Association and Ireland’s State Agencies which have a regional base in Dubai (Enterprise Ireland, Tourism Ireland, An Board Bia, IDA) we are working to assist Irish companies in identifying sectoral trading opportunities in Jordan as well as assisting some Jordanian companies to invest in, and trade with, Ireland.
And we are working very hard to consolidate key relationships which are so fundamental to our success as an Embassy.
Over the past 30 months, and notwithstanding the challenges and restrictions presented by the Covid 19 pandemic, we have worked to develop and intensify relationships with Jordanian public and private sector institutions; we have forged excellent relationships with resident EU Embassies, UN agencies and other diplomatic missions; we have established and strengthened relationships with business groups, civil society organizations and representatives from the Irish Jordanian community.
We have also worked to put in place all of the structures, systems and staffing that are required to ensure we can deliver these services effectively over many years to come.
In August this year, we will reach a hugely important milestone when we will move in to our beautiful new Chancery building in Abdoun.
I look forward to welcoming you there over coming weeks – it will be a place that will truly represent Ireland’s home in Jordan and where everyone with Irish citizenship or affiliation will be heartily welcome.
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.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh. Thank you.
Ambassador of Ireland to Jordan