Jordan

Jordanian monarch King Abdullah II has become the first head of state to visit the Arab Republic of Egypt following the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in early July. Reports say Abdullah stayed for several hours during which he met with interim Prime Minister Hezam el-Beblawi before returning home. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is also set to receive an increased amount of aid from the United States, which will add an additional $340 million to the country’s current economic assistance package. Over the weekend, the military State Security Court of Jordan also decided to extend the detention of hardline cleric Abu Qatada indefinitely, turning down a bail request for the radical preacher who was deported from the United Kingdom earlier this month. (July 20, 2013 Al Arabiya; July 21, 2013 Global Times; July 21, 2013 Haaretz)