Jordanian monarch, US president discuss ties, Mideast issues

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 - 07:15 GMT

Trump meets with the King of Jordan in New York - REUTERS

Trump meets with the King of Jordan in New York - REUTERS

AMMAN/NEW YORK - CAIRO - 20 September 2017: Jordanian King Abdullah II on Wednesday held talks with US President Donald Trump, focusing on efforts to revive the peace process and the overall developments in the Middle East.

During the talks, the two leaders reviewed ways of enhancing cooperation and the strategic partnership between Jordan and the United States in various fields.

According to Jordan News Agency (Petra), they emphasized the importance of boosting bilateral coordination and consultation on various issues.

In remarks to reporters, the king thanked the US president for his support to Jordan. He also offered condolences over the victims of the hurricanes that hit the United States recently.

The king said "Mr. President, thank you very much for having us here. And again, we've met several times this year, and I think that just shows the special relationship between our two countries and how closely we work together. And I'm very grateful for your support to our country in these difficult times and the special bond between our two nations."

"Terrorism is a scourge around the world, but I think Jordan will always stand beside you and your country. And we will overcome," he added.

President Trump said: "It's a great honor to be with His Majesty the King, who has been our partner and ally for a long time. And I think never has the relationship been better than it is right now."

"We're working together on many problems, and some things that aren't problems that are very, very good. But we're going to make some of the bad ones turn out good," Trump added.

"I just want to thank you for everything you've done, in terms of the refugees and taking care of people that -- who knows what would have happened without you. So I want to thank you and I want to thank everybody involved with you, and you have done an amazing job", Trump said, adding: "I have to say this about the King: He is a very fine gentleman, a very nice man. He's also a great, great fighter."

During the talks, attended by top officials from both countries, King Abdullah expressed Jordan's appreciation for the support provided by the US to the Kingdom in the economic, military and development fields and to deal with the repercussions arising from regional crises.

The talks stressed the need to intensify efforts aimed at moving the peace process forward through re-launching serious and effective negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. In this context, the king emphasized the importance of the U.S. role in urging the Israelis to seriously consider such efforts.

He warned that the failure to reach a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue based on the two-state solution undermines security and stability in the region and the whole world and fuels violence and extremism in the Middle East.

On the Syrian crisis, the two leaders stressed the need to intensify efforts to find a political solution to the crisis through the Geneva process in a way that preserves Syria's territorial integrity and the safety of its people.

In the same context, King Abdullah and President Trump underlined the importance of the recent cease fire agreement in southwestern Syria, which was reached between Jordan, the United States and Russia. They said the agreement should act as a model that can be applied in other parts of Syria.

The talks also focused on counterterror efforts, stressing the importance of intensifying stepping up such efforts, both regionally and internationally, within a holistic strategy to address this danger, which threatens global peace and security.

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