The Embassy of Jordan in Berlin
Amb. Yousef Bataineh
He began his career in 1991 as a Diplomatic Attaché at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Amman. Since then, Dr. Bataineh has held a number of posts abroad. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Jordanian Embassies in Islamabad, The Hague, Berlin and Athens. At the Ministry, Dr. Bataineh held various positions, serving as Chief of Cabinet of the Minister, Director for European Affairs, the EU, UfM & NATO, and Head of the Disarmament Desk.
Dr. Bataineh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language & Literature, a Master’s Degree in Political Translation & Linguistics, and a Ph.D. in Political Science. He carries the Grand Cordon of the Order of Independence medal.
Germany has long had close and friendly relations with Jordan, it is a key partner on the political scene also. The two countries cooperate successfully in the development of policy as well as in the economy and culture. The numerous mutual visits of Jordan-German politicians prove this close relationship. HM King Abdullah II visited Berlin in late 2011 and held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bundestag President Norbert Lammert and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.
Development cooperation plays a significant role in the German-Jordanian relations.Germany is among the largest donors, alongside the US, Japan and the European Commission.Germany has long enjoyed close and friendly political relations with Jordan. In many areas, Germany is one of the most important partner of this country, which in 1994 was the second Arab state to conclude a peace treaty with Israel and is actively engaged, both within the region and internationally, in efforts to secure a peaceful solution to the Middle East conflict. Beyond the political arena, the two countries also work together successfully in development cooperation as well as in the economic, academic and cultural sectors.
Development cooperation plays a major role in German-Jordanian relations. Germany is one of the biggest bilateral donors, along with the United States, Japan and the European Union. Bilateral cooperation focuses on the water sector. Jordan is one of the world’s poorest countries in terms of available water resources per capita.
Cultural relations between Germany and Jordan are founded essentially on three main elements: academic cooperation, archaeological cooperation and bilateral cultural and language programmes conducted by the Goethe Institute in Amman.
Jordanian universities and research institutions maintain a lively exchange with Germany in a wide variety of areas.