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

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Wednesday met with a number of leaders and members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to discuss bolstering the Jordanian-U.S. partnership, as well as the new joint memorandum of understanding of 2022.
The current memorandum has framed the annual U.S. support to Jordan for the past four years and expires by the end of September 2022, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.
Safadi expressed appreciation for the supportive stances of the U.S. Congress towards Jordan and the U.S. assistance provided to Jordan to aid it in its development journey, enable it to confront economic challenges, and the consequences of regional crises, especially in hosting refugees and the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
During the talks, members of the Senate and House of Representatives affirmed their keenness to develop the Jordanian-U.S. relations, voicing their appreciation for the efforts led by His Majesty King Abdullah II to enhance regional security and stability.
At the Capitol, Safadi met with the Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Gregory Meeks, the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee Kay Granger, and the Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa Todd Young.
Safadi also had a virtual meeting with Representatives Barbara Lee, Hal Rogers, and Ted Deutch, in addition to placing phone calls with Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Rosa DeLauro, discussing regional and international issues, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue.
Safadi highlighted the importance of achieving just and lasting peace based on the two-state solution, finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis, supporting Iraq, fighting terrorism, and supporting developments in the region.
Safadi also met with the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendez, the Ranking Member of the Committee Jim Risch, and Chairman of the Senate Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee Chris Murphy, as well as holding a phone call with the Ranking Member of the House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee Joe Wilson.
On Thursday, Safadi will meet at the U.S. State Department with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, holding extensive talks on bilateral relations and regional issues.
Also on Thursday and Friday, Safadi is scheduled to meet with U.S. administration officials, thought leaders, journalists and representatives of American think tanks.
He will also participate, as a keynote speaker, in a discussion organized by the Brookings Institution on Jordanian-U.S. relations and the latest developments in the Middle East.
Jordan Times
13 January 2022