Due to instability and unrest in nearby Egypt, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has continued to experience shortages of critical natural gas supplies, exacerbated by repeated bombings of a key pipeline between the two countries. Jordan has nevertheless welcomed the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist government by the country’s armed forces, with King Abdullah II quick to congratulate Adly Mansour hours after he was appointed as Egypt’s caretaker president by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Jordan, like other Sunni monarchies in the region, has had its share of problems with the Muslim Brotherhood movement, which has worked to introduce reforms aimed at weakening the ruling monarchy. Along with Egypt and Iraq, Jordan has also worked to limit the flow of Syrian refugees crossing into its territory, with numbers falling from a peak of 2000-3000 per day to some 600-700 Syrians crossing over daily into Jordan due to new restrictions. (July 11, 2013 UPI; July 13, 2013 AFP; July 14, 2013 Christian Science Monitor)