Nasser Judeh

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Nasser Judeh
Nasser Judeh June 2015.jpg
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
May 2015 – 15 January 2017
Monarch Abdullah II
Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour
Hani Al-Mulki
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs
In office
23 February 2009 – 15 January 2017
Monarch Abdullah II
Prime Minister Nader al-Dahabi
Samir Rifai
Marouf al-Bakhit
Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh
Fayez Tarawneh
Abdullah Ensour
Hani Al-Mulki
Preceded by Salah Bashir
Succeeded by Ayman Safadi
Personal details
Born 1961 (age 55–56)
Amman, Jordan
Nationality Jordanian
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Princess Sumaya bint Hassan (div. 2007)
Children 4
Alma mater Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, United States
Religion Islam

Nasser Judeh (born 1961) is a Jordanian politician who served as Jordan's minister of foreign affairs between 2009 and 2017. He also served as deputy prime minister of Jordan from 2015 to 2017.

Early life and education[edit]

Judeh was born in Amman in 1961.[1][2] However, there is another report giving his birth year as 1960.[3] Judeh's father, Sami Judeh, is a Palestinian who was born in Ramallah and was a Jordanian state minister.

Judeh received primary education at College de La Salle in Amman from 1966 to 1975, and then attended Eastbourne College in Sussex in England from 1975 to 1979.[4] He was educated in the United States at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and obtained a bachelor of arts degree in international politics, law and organization in 1982.[4]


Nasser Judeh with Obamas

Judeh served at the Royal Hashemite Court during the reign of King Hussein from 1985 to 1992.[1] He was appointed head of the Jordan Information Bureau in London in 1992 and served there until 1994.[2] Then he was named as the director of Jordan Television in 1994. His tenure lasted until 1998, when he was appointed director general of the Jordan Radio and Television Corporation.[1] He also served as the government spokesperson and minister of state for media affairs and communications from 1998 to 1999. He then worked in the private sector from 1999 to 2005.[2] He was again appointed as government spokesperson in 2005, and he was renamed minister of state for media affairs and communications in 2007,[5] serving in that post until 2009. During this period, he also acted as the government spokesperson.[6]

In a cabinet reshuffle on 23 February 2009, Judeh was appointed as minister of foreign affairs in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Nader Dahabi.[7] Judeh replaced Salah Bashir in the post.[7] Judeh was appointed to the same post in December 2009.[8] He continued to serve as foreign minister in the next cabinets formed. He held the portfolio of foreign minister for the fifth time in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour who assumed the post on 11 October 2012.[9] Judeh retained his post in the second cabinet of Ensour formed on 30 March 2013.[10] His portfolio was expanded to include expatriate affairs. His term as foreign minister and deputy prime minister ended on 15 January 2017 after a cabinet reshuffle.[11] Ayman Safadi replaced Judeh as foreign minister.[12]


  • The Grand Cordon of the Order of Al Kawkab – Jordan
  • The Grand Cordon of the Order of Al-Istiklal(Independence) – Jordan
  • Commander of the Order of Al-Istiklal – Jordan
  • Order of Officer of the French Legion of Honour– France
  • Grand Officer of Orange – Netherlands[13]

Ministerial activities[edit]

Judeh accompanied King Abdullah II in the latter's visit to Palestine on 6 December 2012.[14] The visit was the first state visit to the country after its status accepted as a non-member observer state by the United Nations.[14]

Judeh was named as a member of the Arab diplomatic delegation, headed by Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi, which dealt with the political conflict between the Palestinian National Authority and Israel, on 27 December 2012.[15] The delegation also included Egyptian foreign minister Mohamed Kamel Amr.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Judeh was married to Princess Sumaya bint Hassan (born 14 May 1971), a daughter of Prince Hassan bin Talal an uncle of King Abdullah II.[8] They divorced in 2007.[3] They have four children: twins, Tareq and Zein (born 1994), Ali (born 1996) and Sukayna (born 1998).[16]

Judeh is the honorary co-chair of the binational Fulbright commission in Jordan.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Nasser Judeh". Guide to political life in Jordan. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Interview with Nasser Judeh". Diva International. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Jordan's PM Reshuffles His Cabinet". Wikileaks. Amman. 24 February 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). European Parliament. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Biographies for Jordan's New government". Dazzlepod. Wikileaks. 26 November 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Business Scene". The Star. 25 August 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "New Jordanian ministers sworn in". BBC Monitoring International Reports. 24 February 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Jordan's New Cabinet: Summary and Selected Bios". Wikileaks. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Musa Hattar (11 October 2012). "Jordan gets new cabinet ahead of polls". The Daily Star. Amman. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ensour 19-member Cabinet sworn in". The Jordan Times. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle sees 5 new ministers in, 7 out". The Jordan Times. 15 January 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Jordan interior, foreign ministers unseated in reshuffle". Times of Israel. 15 January 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  13. ^ Wael Al Jaraisheh; Banan Malkawi (30 March 2013). "Preliminary Reading into Jordan's New Government". Ammon News. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Isabel Kershner (7 December 2012). "King Abdullah II of Jordan Visits West Bank to Show Support for U.N. Vote". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ a b "Palestinian political conflict with Israel grows amid active Arab diplomacy". Xinhua. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  16. ^ "Family". Hassan bin Talal Website. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Board Members". Fulbright. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Salah Bashir
Foreign Minister of Jordan
23 February 2009 – 15 January 2017
Succeeded by
Ayman Safadi