Report: Iran, Jordan to Exchange Ambassadors

Relations appear to be warming after Iranian foreign minister's visit to Amman last month.

After six years of chilly relations, Iran and Jordan have decided to exchange ambassadors this month, news outlets in the two countries reported this week.

The Islamic Republic appointed Mojtaba Ferdosipour as its new ambassador in Amman, while Jordan intends to name Ahmad al-Jawarnah as its new envoy to Iran, according to reports.

Ferdosipour is expected in Amman next week, the Iranian news agency Tasnim reported, citing other sources.

The diplomatic exchange follows a visit to Amman last month by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. He met with Jordan's King Abdullah, as well as the country's foreign and prime ministers, according to Al-Monitor.

The brief visit included a discussion of the Syrian civil war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Zarif expressed Iran's eagerness to work with Jordan on various regional and security issues, Al-Monitor reported.

Zarif, meanwhile, told German television on Monday that Iran would not rule out recognizing Israel after an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

"Once the Palestinian problem is solved, the conditions for an Iranian recognition of Israel will be possible," Zarif said, according to i24 News.