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
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
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
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.