Washington: Israel travel info: New travel advisories issued ahead of trip to Jordan


Washington: Washington (AP) Travelers heading to Israel should expect to be treated with caution in Jordan as authorities continue to review security measures ahead of a trip by President Donald Trump to the Middle East, including a possible security visit to the city.

The United States Embassy in Jordan said Sunday that the State Department had issued new travel advisors ahead of the visit, which will be Trump’s first overseas trip.

The White House has said the president will visit Jordan in May.

Jordan is a vital U.S. ally in the Middle West, home to several U.K. military bases and the country’s main military airport, and a major U.N. Security Council member.

Jordan has long been on edge following an Israeli attack on a crowded beach in Amman, the capital, that left at least three people dead and dozens injured.

Trump has called the attack “a despicable and outrageous act” and vowed to “get to the bottom of it.”

Jordan has also been rattled by the deadly Islamic State (IS) group attack on its northern border in October, in which a suicide bomber blew himself up.

The bomber was killed by Jordanian security forces.

Jordan also has been grappling with the rise of the Islamic State group, which is believed to have trained several Jordanians and fought in Iraq and Syria.

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