King meets US Senate leadership

His Majesty King Abdullah II, accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein, meets with the US Senate leadership. (Photo: Yousef Allan)

AMMAN— His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday concluded a series of meetings at the US Senate with a meeting with the Senate majority and minority leaders, according to a statement by the Royal Hashemite Court.اضافة اعلان

Joined by HRH Crown Prince Hussein at the talks, His Majesty discussed “means to bolster the Jordan-US partnership” and delved into recent regional developments as well as the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

King Abdullah “expressed appreciation of the United States’ support for Jordan throughout the years and in various sectors,” including the economic, development, security, and defense sectors.

According to the statement, the attendees also touched on Jordan’s arduous hosting of Syrian refugees amid “a sharp decline in international aid from donor countries, with only 8 per cent of Jordan's needs this year to host refugees being covered thus far.”

Regarding latest regional developments, His Majesty lauded the United States’ support for the two-state solution “to achieve peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis” and lead to the “establishment of an independent, sovereign, and viable Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967, lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital,” the statement said.

Citing the absence of real progress in restarting the peace process, King Abdullah "warned against the risk of a renewed outbreak of violence” and “welcomed the United States’ decision to resume support for UNRWA.”

For their part, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell commended Jordan and the United States’ longstanding relationship, as well as “the Kingdom's role in bolstering security and stability in the region.” 

The King is set to meet with Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, as well as several House committees on Thursday.

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