Biden’s Mideast trip in July to include Jordan, sources say

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AMMAN — US President Joe Biden’s visit to the region, which is expected to include Jordan, Palestine, Israel and Saudi Arabia, will take place in mid-July, according to Israeli, and US media outlets. اضافة اعلان

Biden is expected to visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories on July 14 and 15 before traveling on to Saudi Arabia, Axios reported on Sunday. The White House has not confirmed those dates, and Israeli officials all warned that the timing had shifted several times and could change again.

Jordan will mark a short few-hour stop for Biden but plans are not finalized yet, according to a source that spoke to Jordan News.

One Israeli report quoted an Israeli officials as saying, “Biden’s expected visit to the region may take place in mid-July and last for three days.” The report said that the proposed date for the visit, which was discussed during talks between Israeli officials and their American counterparts on Sunday, is between July 13 and 15.

It was reported that the proposed initial program for Biden is to reach the occupied territories on the night of July 13–14, or in the morning of the following day.

Biden is scheduled to meet on July 14 with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Israeli President Isaac Herzog in Jerusalem.

The next day, the US president will visit the West Bank, where he will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, at the presidential headquarters in Bethlehem, then to visit the Church of the Nativity in the city.

The tentative agenda for the visit to Saudi Arabia includes a summit with the leaders of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia, according to Axios, but that has not been confirmed by the White House or any other party.

“The trip comes in the context of a significant agenda with Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the other countries of the Middle East. That agenda is focused on delivering results for the American people as well as ending wars and leading through diplomacy to bring stability to the Middle East region,” a White House spokesperson told Axios.

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