Jordan, US set to deepen ties

Jordan, US set to deepen ties

His Majesty King Abdullah with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on July 20, 2021. (Photo: Yousef Allan)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday continued his meetings with senior US officials to discuss ways to take bilateral ties to a new level. اضافة اعلان

Joined by HRH Crown Prince Hussein, His Majesty met with the director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Samantha Power to discuss Jordan-US cooperation in the development sector and efforts to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on various sectors through a “recovery plan.”

During the meeting, His Majesty and Power reviewed projects supported by the US Agency for International Development in the Kingdom, and the programs it implements in the sectors of water, economic development, education, and health care.

His Majesty expressed his appreciation for the agency's support for the Kingdom's programs in mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic and social repercussions and paving the way for a gradual recovery, citing the United States' recent shipment of 500,000 vaccines to Jordan.

For her part, Power expressed her appreciation over Jordan's hosting of refugees.

Later in the day, His Majesty also met with US Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss deepening strategic ties and cooperation between Jordan and the United States.

During the meeting, His Majesty and Harris touched on US support for the Kingdom, development projects, and other topics regarding the environment, climate change, and its impact on natural resources. They also discussed recent developments in the Middle East, calling for concerted efforts to prevent new escalations between Palestine and Israel.

For his part, His Majesty reiterated his commitment to preserving the historical and legal status quo in Jerusalem, especially when it comes to Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif.

Regarding the pressure borne by Jordan as a result of hosting more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees, His Majesty called on the international community to shoulder the responsibility, pointing out that the Kingdom was at the forefront of countries that inoculated refugees.

King Abdullah expressed his appreciation to the US administration for providing the necessary assistance and vaccinations to combat the pandemic.

During his visit on Tuesday, His Majesty also met with US Defense Secretary Lloyd to review prospects for cooperation in the military and security fields.

His Majesty later met with US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, where they discussed Jordan's accession to the Global Entry Program to speed up the entry process for Jordanian travelers to US airports. King Abdullah and Mayorkas delved into the “Aqaba Process Meetings” initiative, which was launched by His Majesty to boost cooperation between regional and international parties in the fight against terrorism.

King Abdullah praised the level of mutual understanding between Jordan and the US on the challenges facing the Middle East region.

In a statement commencing his meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, His Majesty contended that Jordan will continue its cooperation with the US to address developments in the Middle East.

Blinken stated that the Royal visit to Washington is only a reflection of the powerful bond between Jordan and the United States.

He added that Jordan-US ties date back decades, citing Jordan’s role in maintaining peace and stability in the region, especially in its efforts to quash Daesh and terrorism.

His Majesty and Blinken also discussed Israel and Palestine, with His Majesty stressing the US’ pivotal role in pushing for a just solution and the importance of putting an end to unilateral Israeli aggression.

His Majesty also met with US Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen to discuss bilateral cooperation, with King Abdullah expressing his appreciation for the United States' efforts in supporting development projects in Jordan.

For her part, the US official underlined the depth of Jordan’s partnership with the US, noting the economic challenges that the Kingdom faced, which were exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Yellen commended the Kingdom for implementing reforms to promote sustainable growth and increase employment.

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