In a bid to encourage trade and travel, Jordan agreed on Friday to slightly ease visa restrictions on Lebanese visitors, giving Beirut a second chance to reciprocate for an earlier waiver, reported the Daily Star.
But only the privileged will benefit from the new measure, according to the paper.
Lebanese travelers who can prove they are headed to Jordan on business and those who have “urgent matters” in the kingdom would be issued “immediate visas by the embassy in Beirut,” Jordan's ambassador, Anmar Hmoud, told the Star.
Others will have to wait for clearance from Amman, a process that could take up to two weeks.
Jordan announced on Thursday that as of August 1, all Lebanese would have apply for visas at the embassy and wait for Amman’s approval.
Friday’s amendment for some categories of travelers followed an informal meeting between Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and his Jordanian counterpart, Ali Abu Ragheb, who is in Beirut on an unofficial visit.
Abu Ragheb is reported to have discussed a Jordanian donation of 50 US-made tanks to the Lebanese army. Amman was reportedly waiting for Washington’s approval to help rebuild the Lebanese military following an appeal by Beirut to Arab countries to lend a hand in this regard – Albawaba.com
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