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Jordan's King to Meet with Biden in Washington on Friday

Jordan's King to Meet with Biden in Washington on Friday

Wednesday, 11 May, 2022 - 05:30
King Abdullah II of Jordan stands for a photo with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on May 10, 2022. (AFP)

Jordan's King Abdullah II will visit Washington on Friday for talks with US President Joe Biden.

The trip "will reinforce the close friendship and enduring partnership between the United States and Jordan," the White House said in a statement.

"Jordan is a critical force for stability in the Middle East and strategic partner and ally of the United States," it added.

The visit will be King Abdullah's second to Washington since Biden took office, following talks between the monarch and the president in July 2021.

At that time, Biden stressed his long-standing relationship with the king, noting that it goes back decades, to when King Abdullah's father ruled Jordan.

This week's trip comes during a series of anti-Israeli attacks that has left dozens dead since late March, among them Palestinian and Arab-Israeli perpetrators.

King Abdullah appealed last month for "calm" between the two sides.

Sources at the White House said talks between King Abdullah and Biden will discuss the tensions and ways to calm the situation.

They will tackle bilateral ties and the impact Russia's war on Ukraine is having on the Middle East.

King Abdullah will also meet with senior administration officials and Congress leadership; as well as members of the Senate Foreign Relations, Appropriations, and Armed Services committees; and members of the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, and the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee at the House of Representatives, reported Jordan's state news agency Petra.

Biden is slated to visit Israel in June at the invitation of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. He is set to meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials.

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