WASHINGTON — His Majesty King Abdullah met on Monday with senior US administration officials, with discussions covering means to bolster Jordan’s strategic partnership with the United States, as well as current regional developments.
At a meeting with United States Vice President Mike Pence, the two sides affirmed the deep-rooted Jordanian-US ties, and their keenness to build on them in various areas, as well as maintaining coordination and consultation on regional and international issues.
Discussions covered Jordan’s economic plans and reforms, aimed at rejuvenating growth and increasing the Jordanian economy’s resilience in the face of regional challenges.
The two sides also discussed Jordanian-US economic cooperation, and the renewal of the memorandum of understanding between the two countries, which will set the volume of economic and military support for the coming years.
King Abdullah expressed appreciation for the United States’ constant support for the Kingdom, which bolsters development efforts.
Discussions at the meeting also touched on efforts to achieve peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
His Majesty affirmed the importance of the US administration’s commitment to this issue, calling for intensifying efforts to relaunch serious and effective negotiations based on the two-state solution, the Arab Peace Initiative, and international terms of reference.
The King and Vice President Pence discussed other crises in the Middle East, including the Syrian crisis and efforts to reach a political solution, as well as the developments in Iraq.
Moreover, discussions addressed regional and international efforts to fight terrorism within a holistic strategy.
For his part, Vice President Pence expressed his appreciation of Jordan’s steadfast positions, led by His Majesty, on seeking security and stability in the region.
The meeting with Assistant to the US President for National Security Affairs H. R. McMaster covered Jordanian-US security cooperation and developments in the region, as well as cooperation in line with regional and global efforts to fight terrorism within a holistic approach.
The King stressed that failure to reach a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause will fuel further extremism and violence in the Middle East.
His Majesty also held separate meetings with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, senior adviser to U.S. president Jared Kushner and a number of members of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
The meetings dealt with the strategic ties between Jordan and the United States at various levels, as well as efforts to move the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis forward, and current developments in the region.
The meetings were attended by the Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs, the Director of His Majesty’s Office, and the Jordanian Ambassador in Washington.