Israel gradually reopens embassy in Jordan after spat ended

AP News
Posted: Jan 30, 2018 4:30 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said on Tuesday that it is reopening its embassy in Jordan after the two countries put a monthslong diplomatic spat behind them.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said no ambassador has been appointed yet but that there would be a "gradual reopening" of the embassy in Amman, which was surrounded with large police forces on Tuesday.

The embassy was closed after a shooting last summer there in which an Israeli guard shot and killed two Jordanians after one attacked him with a screw driver. Israel's ambassador returned to Israel along with the guard involved in the shooting. The guard claimed self-defense and received a hero's welcome at home, angering Jordanians.

The shooting strained ties between the neighboring countries which signed a peace agreement in 1994 and cooperate on security and energy issues, among others.

Israel has since reportedly expressed regret for the incident and offered compensation.