Biden to host Jordan king next week to discuss Gaza war

AFP , Thursday 8 Feb 2024

US President Joe Biden will host Jordan's King Abdullah II in Washington on Monday for talks on resolving the Israel-Hamas conflict, the White House said.

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File Photo: King Abdullah of Jordan with President Joe Biden in Washington. Photo courtesy of The Royal Hashemite Court.


The meeting comes as the United States and regional powers try to broker a ceasefire in exchange for the release of hostages from Gaza, amid hopes of a longer-term solution.

The two leaders will "discuss the ongoing situation in Gaza and efforts to produce an enduring end to the crisis," White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday in a statement.

They also will talk about the "US effort to support the Palestinian people including through enhanced humanitarian assistance into Gaza and a vision for a durable peace to include a two-state solution with Israel's security guaranteed."

Queen Rania will accompany the Jordanian king for the visit to the White House, which comes as the United States and Jordan mark 75 years of diplomatic relations, Jean-Pierre said.

It will be the first time Biden and Abdullah have met since the start of the Israeli aggression against Gaza on 7 October.

Biden was meant to travel to Jordan for talks with the king when he visited Israel less than two weeks after the start of the Gaza war.

However, that meeting was cancelled after an Israeli airstrike killed hundreds of civilians taking shelter at Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, causing widespread anger across the Arab world and globally.

Biden later backed Israel's account that the strike was caused by "a malfunctioning Palestinian rocket."

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Abdullah in Amman in January.

The Jordanian monarch urged the top diplomat to push for a ceasefire in Gaza and end the humanitarian crisis there.

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