Jordan's king to visit Washington: WH

AFP , Tuesday 10 May 2022

Jordan's King Abdullah II will visit Washington on Friday for talks with US President Joe Biden.

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The Jordanian Royal Palace, Jordan s King Abdullah II and Queen Rania receive the Path to Peace Award in New York late on May 9, 2022. AFP


The trip "will reinforce the close friendship and enduring partnership between the United States and Jordan," the White House said in a statement.

"Jordan is a critical force for stability in the Middle East and strategic partner and ally of the United States," it added.

The visit will be the long-time US ally's second to Washington since Biden took office, following talks between the king and the president in July 2021.

At that time, Biden stressed his long-standing relationship with the king, noting that it goes back decades, to when Abdullah's father ruled Jordan.

This week's trip comes during a series of anti-Israeli attacks that have left dozens dead since late March, among them Palestinian and Arab-Israeli perpetrators.

Abdullah appealed last month for "calm" between the two sides.

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