Israel’s Foreign Ministry has issued a protest after a Jordanian spokeswoman was photographed stepping on the Israeli flag during a meeting in Amman.
The ministry said it was a “desecration” of the flag.
The ministry added that it "looks gravely upon the act of disrespect toward the Israeli flag committed by a minister in the Jordanian government in the engineers' union building in Amman."
The flag is painted on the floor of the headquarters of Jordan’s professional unions in Amman, according to Reuters. Jumana Ghunaimat, Jordan’s minister for media affairs and communications, walked over the painted flag Thursday on her way to a meeting with Jordanian Prime Minister Omar al Razzaz and union representatives.
The flag was reportedly painted on the building’s floor years ago to encourage people to step on it. It also has painted footprints printed across it.
The countries of Israel and Jordan have a peace agreement, but the two countries share a hostile relationship at times, according to reports.
Jordan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Majed al-Qatarneh said Jordan respects the 1994 peace treaty and Ghunaimat entered a private building by its main entrance to attend the meeting.
Prime Minister Razzaz entered through a back door to avoid walking on the flag.
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