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August 1 2021 2:23 PM ˚

The unprecedented, but expected interest in King's US visit

Khalid Dalal
Khalid Dalal (Photo: Jordan News)
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International media outlets' interest in His Majesty King Abdullah's current visit to the US comes as no surprise, as this interest has always been there. However, this particular visit is under a brighter spotlight due to the significant and game-changing developments surrounding it at the local and regional levels, and the flurry of diplomacy Amman was engaged in ahead of the visit.اضافة اعلان

Signs of this new reality were there before His Majesty started the visit. King Abdullah will be the first regional leader to meet US President Joe Biden, whose positive and assertive position on the "sedition" plot, which targeted the stability and security of Jordan, was historic and sent waves of relief among us to which the country emerged stronger and abler to address its challenges.

Those who see Jordan as a country in crisis should read the Washington Post, the Guardian, CNN, BBC, or the dozens of other respected global media outlets that covered the so-called “sedition case,” as editors there are aware of the significance of our country and the interest of their readers and viewers in news from our part of the world.

Global media is also watching for words to be uttered by His Majesty and Biden regarding the Palestinian issue, following their meeting on July 19, which is also the first meeting for the new US president with an Arab leader, as the US and the world have started to recover from COVID-19.

The world will also keep an eye on imminent statements from key US figures within the administration, along with Capitol Hill leaders, all of whom the King is scheduled to meet.

Let's not forget that the talks come in the aftermath of the formation of a new government in Israel and the silence of voices that wanted to sideline Jordan and its influential role in the making of a future peace deal for the region.

The interesting part in this is that the current US administration knows very well that Jordan has taken a firm position and fought fiercely for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and the Hashemite custodianship of holy sites in Jerusalem, looking existential threats in the face, for the prosperity of all.

Much happened before the visit, fitting the historic role of Jordan as the defender of the interests of Arab brethren. King Abdullah met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, contact was made with the new Israeli leaders, and the King visited Baghdad, where he met with Iraqi leaders and also held talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. The tripartite economic integration that kicked off with the Baghdad Summit can be the catalyst for peace and prosperity in the region.

Moreover, the Kingdom's diplomacy is in full gear, as if in a race against time to seize the opportunity at hand. There are confirmed reports that Jordan has been in contact with Hamas leaders, and unconfirmed reports with Syria, which is at the core of US interest in the region in the coming stages.

Tomorrow will be a different day for Jordan, which will come out of this with a strong diplomatic win and a new, larger regional role guided by its own values.

In partnership with a wise man behind the helm at the White House, Jordan will remerge as a relentless seeker of peace and a country eager to help neighbors build their future as part of a new regional reality where everyone is a winner.

For a country to be a proactive player and a hub of influence, has nothing to do with geographical area and per capita income. It is about leadership. And His Majesty has always succeeded in gaining the world's respect and the attention of influential decision-makers, including the international media.

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