Jordan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi, visits Casa Árabe
The minister is in our country on an official visit and met at Casa
Árabe with experts and businessmen with interests in the country.
July 30, 2018
During the meeting at Casa Árabe, attending alongside Safadi were the Ambassador of Jordan in Spain, Areej Hawamdeh, the Ambassador of Spain in Jordan, Arancha Bañón, the General Director of Casa Árabe, Pedro Martínez-Avial, and representatives of other governmental entities, including the head of the Middle East area at the Spanish Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, the Spanish International Development Cooperation Agency (AECID) and representatives of the Foreign Affairs Commission of Spain’s Parliament (Congreso de los Diputados).
Also attending the meeting were those responsible for large commercial and economic entities in Spain, including the Vice-President of the CEOE, the Directors General of Spain’s Chamber of Commerce, Madrid’s Chamber of Commerce and the Club of Exporters and Investors. As for the directors of the international departments with interests in the region, it was attended by Técnicas Reunidas, Acaf, Abengoa, Isastur, Ordesa, Eptisa, Edibon, CAF, TSK and Circontrol, as well as by representatives of banking entities such as Bankia and La Caixa. Last of all, experts on the Middle East and leaders from Spanish think-tanks took part, including individuals from the Real Instituto Elcano, CitPax and the Club of Madrid.
Ayman Safadi has had an extensive career in politics, media and management. Since September of 2016, he has been a member of his country’s Senate, in which he presides over the Communication and National Orientation Committee and forms part of the Judicial Affairs and Foreign Affairs Committees. From 2008 through 2011, he was an advisor to King Abdullah II, in addition to being the Vice-Prime Minister, the Minister of State and the Government’s Spokesman. In 2004, he took over the position of spokesman for the United Nations Iraq Assistance Mission. He also served as the Director of Communications for the Royal Hashemite Court and Press Secretary for His Royal Highness, Prince Hassan.
Prior to these positions, Ayman Safadi was the founder and CEO of Path Arabica, a consultant on political topics that operates out of Abu Dhabi and specializes in producing political analyses on affairs in the region and international topics that affect the Middle East. Likewise, he was a CEO for the Abu Dhabi Media Company, an enterprise which publishes several newspapers and magazines, as well as owning several television networks and other businesess related with the media. He was also the Managing Director of the Jordan Radio and Television Corporation.
He began his career in the world of journalism and communication in the mid-1980s. He has edited and written for several newspapers, including the Jordan Times and Al-Ghad, in which he used to have a weekly column published until he was named a minister.
Safadi, with a Master’s degree in International Journalism from Baylor University (Waco, Texas) and a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Yarmouk, has been a regular commentator on Middle East affairs for regional and International media.