His Majesty’s visit to Washington was appropriate and very timely — Lempert

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AMMAN — The US ambassador to the Kingdom, Yael Lempert, expressed that the timing of His Majesty King Abdullah’s visit to Washington was highly appropriate, given the extremely difficult conditions the region is currently facing. She emphasized the significance of his meeting with US President Joe Biden, stating that it was vital due to the ongoing challenges.اضافة اعلان

In an interview with Jordanian television on Thursday evening, Lempert highlighted that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways to move forward. She praised the wisdom and vision of His Majesty the King, noting that HIs Majesty had met Biden more frequently than any other Arab leader. During his visit, His Majesty engaged with Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and numerous American congressional leaders from both the Democratic and Republican parties, Al-Ghad reported.

Lempert added that His Majesty and Biden discussed the latest developments in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and the broader regional context. They both expressed their determination to work together to find a permanent solution to the crisis, emphasizing their commitment to achieving comprehensive and lasting peace within the framework of a two-state solution.

The two leaders also discussed ways to facilitate and increase the size of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. Biden also stressed the importance of preserving the current and historical status of the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque, acknowledging the historical role of Jordan in safeguarding Islamic sanctities in Jerusalem.

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Lempert highlighted the strong partnership and friendship that has been established over the years. She pointed out that the two countries have signed several agreements, including a memorandum of understanding signed in 2022 that extends for seven years and includes ten billion dollars of American aid.

The agreement aims to develop the private sector, stimulate economic opportunities for women and youth, and support the health, education, and tourism sectors. It also strengthens Jordan's financial security, underscoring the enduring partnership between the two countries.

Regarding economic relations, Lempert mentioned that the two countries signed a free trade agreement in 2000. This was the first free trade agreement signed by the US with an Arab country. Since then, trade relations between the two countries have witnessed significant growth, with Jordanian exports to the  US now accounting for 20 percent of the total volume of Jordanian exports. Additionally, the US has become the third-largest trading partner for Jordan.

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