King underlines Jordan-U.S. mutual agreement on Mideast challenges

[21-07-2021 05:45 PM]

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His Majesty King Abdullah II on Tuesday said that Jordan and the United States "come together in mutual agreement" on the challenges facing the Middle East.

His Majesty told a joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Jordan and the U.S. "will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder on the challenges that are in our region, and you know that you can always count on Jordan to be steadfast and always be a loyal, strong ally."

Referring to his summit meeting with President Biden, the King said: "We were all taken by the warmth and generosity of yesterday’s meeting with the President and the First Lady. And it’s just a reflection, I think, of – not only the old personal relationship, friendship, that I’ve had with the President since he was a senator, when I was a young man, such as my son, with his late Majesty King Hussein. And I think that’s just a reflection of the – this is a relationship that has just grown so, so much over the years.

During the press conference attended by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, His Majesty thanked the U.S. administration for the support on the Pfizer vaccine, which, he said, "a testament to the graciousness that you always show our people".

For his part, Secretary Blinken stressed that His Majesty's visit was "remarkably busy and productive", noting that the King's meetings with top U.S. administrations officials are "a reflection of the tremendous value that the United States places on its relationship with Jordan".

He pointed out that this remarkable partnership has been built over many years, many decades, saying: "Jordan is a powerful partner for peace, for stability in the region, dealing with ISIS and terrorism, a remarkably generous host to refugees. On so many levels, this partnership demonstrates its importance, its value to us."

"I think it’s also powerful evidence in your agenda here that Jordan has long enjoyed and continues to enjoy strong bipartisan support, and that as well is tremendously valuable," Blinken emphasized.

The King's meeting with Blinken dealt with a number of Middle East issues, especially the Palestinian issue, where His Majesty stressed the pivotal role of the United States in pushing for a just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution, and the importance of avoiding unilateral Israeli measures.

They also discussed efforts to reach political solutions to the region's crises.

The meeting was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Director of His Majesty's Office, and the Kingdom's Ambassador in Washington.

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