PTE John Wellfare
Air Fore Major Riziq Al-Sharman thinks Australia and Jordan
could cooperate on defeating terrorism.
by PTE John Wellfare
first Jordanian officer to study at the Australian Command and
Staff College will soon return to Jordan after completing a yearlong
Jordanian Air Force Major Riziq Al-Sharman said both Australia
and Jordan could gain a lot from maintaining close ties.
“All over Jordan now the defence forces are working for the anti-terror
people,” he said.
“I think that the Jordanian armed forces, with the Australian
armed forces, can cooperate on this issue. It’s a global issue
and in Jordan we suffered from the terror for years before 9/11
and especially from Al- Qaeda.”
MAJ Al-Sharman had been chosen by the Jordanian Armed forces out
of more than a dozen offi cers who applied to study in Australia.
He had studied at Jordan’s Staff College in 2003 and noted some
differences in the focus of Australian command courses.
“[In Jordan] we are just focusing in our region, sometimes we
go to Europe a little bit,” he said.
“In the Australian command course they are giving the world three
levels – the close region, which is the southeast area, the Pacifi
c region and the global region.”
But Jordan and Australia did have a similar focus in some areas,
MAJ Al Sharman said.
“The Australians have good experience working with the UN and
Jordan nowadays, we are working with a minimum of 2000 [troops]
every year on UN missions all over the world.” He said Jordan
had also supported Iraq’s new armed forces.
Eight hundred offi cers of the new Iraqi Army had graduated from
Jordan’s offi cer training school and the Jordanian Air Force
had provided a reconnaissance helicopter to Iraq for border surveillance,