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King meets with U.S. Vice President, administration officials.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Washington, (Petra) -- His Majesty King Abdullah II, on Monday, held talks with top U.S. administration officials focusing on ways to boost strategic partnership and cooperation between Jordan and the United States as well as a number of Middle East issues.

His Majesty met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence for a discussion on means of advancing U.S.-Jordanian relations in various domains and maintaining constant coordination and consultation on various regional and international issues.

The meeting also reviewed mechanisms of expanding economic cooperation between the two countries as well as Jordan's economic plans and reforms, which aim at stimulating economic growth and enhancing Jordan's economy's ability to meet challenges posed by regional crises.

The meeting also dealt with Jordan-U.S. economic cooperation and the renewal of the memorandum of understanding between the two countries, which will determine the value of support in the coming years in economic and military fields.

In this context, King Abdullah expressed appreciation for the U.S continued support to the Kingdom and said it has an important impact in supporting development efforts.

The talks tackled efforts to achieve peace between Palestinians and Israelis. His Majesty the King stressed the importance of the U.S. administration's commitment in this regard, emphasizing the need to intensify efforts aimed at launching serious and effective negotiations based on the two-state solution, the Arab Peace Initiative and international legitimacy's resolutions.

His Majesty and the U.S. Vice President also discussed crises in the Middle East, especially the Syrian crisis and efforts to find a political solution to it, in addition to developments in Iraq and regional and international efforts to combat terrorism within a holistic strategy.

The U.S. Vice President expressed appreciation for Jordan's firm positions, under His Majesty's leadership, in achieving security and stability in the region.

King Abdullah also met with U.S. National Security Advisor Herbert McMaster and discussed with him cooperation between the two countries in the security domain and Middle East developments.

The meeting dealt with regional and international counterterror efforts within a holistic strategy, and the Jordanian-U.S. cooperation in this regard.

In this regard, King Abdullah warned that the failure to reach a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue would lead to further extremism and violence in the Middle East.