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Jordan denies plan to deploy Patriot system along Syria borders

AMMAN, Feb 25 (KUNA) -- The Kingdom of Jordan refuted recent reports that it plans to deploy the US Patriot air and missile defense system along its borders with Syria.
"There isn't a grain of truth in these reports," Al-Ghad daily newspaper on Saturday quoted Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communication and Government Spokesman Rakan Al-Majali as saying.
He was commenting on a report by the French daily Le Figaro that Jordan is preparing for the deployment of four Patriot batteries along the borders as a precaution against possible Syrian missile attacks against the kingdom and Israel.
"Jordan is not a party to any matter relating to the media mobilization based on sensation rather than truth," Al-Majali made clear.
He attributed "the groundless allegations" to media campaigns and psychological warfare or the ongoing cold war in the Middle East, noting that Jordan is remote from any regional tensions or turmoil.
"The Jordanian territories haven't been, and will never be, used as a launching pad for military attacks against neighboring countries in the region, " he pointed out.
He added that Jordan, as an advocate of peace, backs the international efforts aiming to stabilize the region and other parts of the world. (end) ab.gb KUNA 251807 Feb 12NNNN