(MENAFN - Jordan Times) Jordan refuted as "baseless" on Saturday news reports that Amman is facilitating the transport of weapons from Saudi Arabia into Syria to arm rebel forces.
Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Rakan Majali denied a news report issued by Agence France-Presse claiming that Jordan is facilitating the transport of arms dispatched by Saudi Arabia to the Free Syrian Army.
In a press statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Majali refuted the report as "baseless", stressing that there has been no change in Jordan's official stance against interference in Damascus' internal affairs.
The claims come amidst reports of a rise in attempts to smuggle weapons from Jordan into Syria, with the Public Security Department revealing that it has foiled "several" attempts by individuals to transport guns through northern border crossings since the beginning of the year.
According to security sources, arm smugglers are attempting to use Jordan as a "transit" point for illicit arms trade traced back to Saudi Arabia, with border patrols foiling some 10 smuggling attempts near Ramtha and the northern desert region weekly.
Jordanian officials have repeatedly spoken out against international interference in Syria, with Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh most recently expressing Amman's rejection of any international military intervention in the Kingdom's northern neighbour.