US President Joe Biden held Oval Office talks on Monday with Jordan’s King Abdullah, a key US ally in a unstable area, within the first of three face-to-face conferences anticipated quickly with Middle East leaders.
Abdullah, who confronted down a problem to his authority in April from his half-brother, Prince Hamza, met Biden for the primary time for the reason that US president took workplace in January. Biden referred to as the king a “good, loyal, first rate pal.”
“You’ve at all times been there, and we are going to at all times be there for Jordan,” Biden advised reporters throughout a picture-taking session. He mentioned he wished to listen to about developments within the Middle East from the king.
“You dwell in a troublesome neighborhood,” he mentioned.
Abdullah mentioned his area has many challenges. “You can at all times rely on me, my nation and plenty of of our colleagues within the area,” he advised Biden.
In the assembly, Biden introduced the supply of greater than 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines to Jordan and the 2 leaders mentioned the US-Jordan protection relationship and Syria’s humanitarian disaster, the White House mentioned in an announcement.
“President Biden counseled the vital function Jordan performs within the wider stability of the area,” it mentioned
They additionally mentioned Middle East peace efforts and Biden voiced his assist for a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian battle and Jordan’s engagement with the brand new Israeli authorities, the White House mentioned.
Tensions stay excessive following the 11-day conflict in May between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.
Abdullah performs a novel function within the Middle East, seen by US officers as a reasonable and pragmatic chief who can play a mediating function.
He is the primary Middle East chief to go to the Biden White House, to be adopted on July 26 by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. US and Israeli officers are engaged on scheduling a gathering quickly between Biden and new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who not too long ago changed Benjamin Netanyahu.
Jordan’s picture as an island of stability within the turbulent Middle East was referred to as into query after Prince Hamza was accused of a plot to destabilize the nation in April.
Biden has supplied full assist to Abdullah, who was joined on the White House by his spouse, Queen Rania.
Abdullah may have a working breakfast with Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday on the vice chairman’s residence. He may even meet Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the State Department.
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