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King receives US secretary of state

 

Royal Hashemite Court

Media and Communications Directorate

 

King receives US secretary of state

 

30 April 2018

 

Amman — His Majesty King Abdullah, accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, received United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Al Husseiniya Palace on Monday.

 

The meeting covered means to advance the strategic partnership between Jordan and the United States, as well as issues of mutual interest, especially efforts to achieve peace and bolster security and stability in the region.

 

King Abdullah congratulated Secretary Pompeo—who was in Jordan as part of a regional tour—on assuming office.

 

His Majesty also affirmed the strong ties between the two countries and expressed Jordan’s appreciation for the United States’ support for development programmes to enable the Kingdom to cope with the repercussions of regional crises.

 

Discussions addressed the peace process, with the King stressing the importance of stepping up regional and international efforts to relaunch serious and effective Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, based on the two-state solution and leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on Palestinian national soil, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

 

His Majesty reaffirmed that the two-state solution is the only way to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and is a key step to achieving security and stability in the Middle East.

 

The King noted the importance of the United States’ role in breaking the stalemate in the peace process and achieving just and comprehensive peace in the region.

 

The meeting also covered developments in the Syrian crisis, and the importance of supporting efforts to reach a political solution within the Geneva process that guarantees Syria’s territorial integrity and the unity of its people.

 

The need to maintain the de-escalation zone in southwestern Syria, which was established under a trilateral agreement between Jordan, the United States, and Russia, was highlighted.

 

In addition, efforts to reach political solutions to regional crises and fight terrorism within a holistic approach were discussed.

 

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, General Intelligence Department Director Maj. Gen. Adnan Jundi, Adviser to His Majesty and Director of the Office of His Majesty Manar Dabbas, US Charge d’Affaires in Amman Henry Wooster, and the accompanying US delegation attended the meeting.

 

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