Gov’t says diplomatic corps regulations ‘don’t add financial burdens’

Amman, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has emphasized that the amendments to the new diplomatic corps system have produced a surplus of JOD 350,000, to be added to what could be saved by the end of the year due to the prudent financial measures taken by the ministry.

The ministry’s budget for 2019 includes salaries to diplomats and administrators, costs of embassies and ambassadors’ houses and other operational expenses that amount to some JOD48 million allocated to serve 59 embassies and diplomatic missions, in addition to the ministry.

The ministry said in a statement Tuesday that its is aware of the financial situation of the state budget, and that it has been working for the past three years to reduce its expenses, which comes in line with the general propensity of the government to control expenses and reduce expenses

Despite the opening of four new diplomatic missions in Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Singapore and Oslo and the addition of expatriate services to the ministry’s tasks, which pose additional burdens and tasks, it was able to reduce expenses by more than 15 percent through the adoption of austerity measures.

The ministry stressed that the amendments to the new diplomatic corps system approved by the Council of Ministers recently came in response to the changing needs of the diplomatic work, and the keenness of the ministry to develop and modernize its works.

Source: Jordan News Agency