Jordanian Members of Parliament take part in a vote on March 18, 2014 in Amman
Jordanian Members of Parliament take part in a vote on March 18, 2014 in Amman © Khalil Mazraawi - AFP/File
Jordanian Members of Parliament take part in a vote on March 18, 2014 in Amman
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Last updated: September 3, 2014

MPs demand Jordan stay out of war on IS jihadists

A group of Jordanian deputies demanded Wednesday that the kingdom stay out of any war against Islamic State jihadists who have captured swathes of territory in neighbouring Iraq and Syria.

Twenty-one MPs, who represent various factions in the 150-seat parliament, sent a memorandum to speaker Atef al-Tarawneh demanding "the government not involve Jordan (in the fight) against the Islamic State".

"This war is not our war. Accordingly, we reject categorically any Jordanian contribution in a battle that is not ours," they said in the document seen by AFP.

"We do not want to be dragged into an international coalition," said Khalil Attia, one of the deputies who signed the memorandum.

Jordan's King Abdullah is to attend a NATO summit on Thursday of Western leaders including US President Barack Obama.

The summit in Newport, Wales is expected to focus on the threat of the Islamic State, as well as the conflict in Ukraine.

Ahead of the gathering, Obama called for an international front against the jihadists after they beheaded a second American journalist, with Britain and France weighing military action.

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