FM holds talks with US Congress, House of Representatives leaders, members

[13-01-2022 11:11 AM]

Ammon News - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, on Wednesday held talks with a number of leaders and members of the US Senate and House of Representatives.

The talks dealt with ways to enhance Jordan-US partnership, and the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the two countries are in the process of signing this year, as the current MoU, which framed the US annual support to Jordan over the past four years, expires at the end of September 2022.

During the talks, Safadi expressed appreciation for the US Congress supportive stances to the Kingdom and its assistance to enable the Kingdom to support the development process, confront economic challenges, and regional crises impacts, especially the burden of refugees, and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Members of the Senate and House of Representatives reaffirmed their keenness to develop the distinguished Jordan-US ties, and their appreciation for His Majesty King Abdullah's efforts to enhance security and stability in the region.

Safadi's meetings, at the Capitol, included meetings with Chairman of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Gregory Meeks, head Republican Leader of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Kay Granger, and head Republican Leader of the Senate Middle East and North Africa subcommittee, Senator Todd Young.

Safadi also held talks via teleconference with Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Subcommittee's head Republican leader, Hal Rogers, and Chairman for the Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and Global Counterterrorism on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Ted Deutch. In addition to phone calls with Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican Caucus Chair of the US Senate Appropriations and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, House Appropriations Committee Chair.

These talks also dealt with a number of regional and international issues, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue.

Safadi briefed Congressmen and women on Jordan's efforts to find a real political horizon to achieve a just and lasting peace based on the two-state solution.

The talks discussed efforts to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis, supporting Iraq, countering terrorism and developments in the region.

Safadi will also meet with Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Robert Menendez, head Republican leader in the Committee, Senator James Risch, and Chairman of the Senate Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, Senator Chris Murphy. He will also make a phone call with Congressman Joe Wilson, head Republican leader in the House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.

Tomorrow at the US State Department, Safadi will meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and will hold extensive talks on bilateral ties and regional issues.

Also tomorrow, the foreign minister will meet with US administration officials, senior thought leaders, researchers, writers, US media professionals and journalists, and US research centers officials. He will also participate as a keynote speaker in a dialogue session organized by the US Brookings Institution on Jordan-US relations and the latest developments in the Middle East.

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