Amman Jordanian King Abdullah received on Sunday a delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives, headed by Nancy Pelosi, head of the Democratic Party's Bloc, for a discussion on Jordan-U.S. cooperation and strategic partnership and regional and international issues.
During the meeting which took place here, King Abdullah expressed Jordan's appreciation for the support provided by the United States and the role of the U.S. Congress in this regard to help the Kingdom address challenges arising from regional crises and to enable it to implement development programs. Jordanian King referred to a memorandum of understanding the two countries have recently signed for cooperation in the economic and military fields over the next five years, Petra reported.
King Abdullah emphasized the importance of achieving a just and comprehensive peace in the region, underlining the need to intensify regional and international efforts to re-launch negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis on the basis of the two-state solution, leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. The king highlighted the role the U.S. can play in this regard.
The King noted the Kingdom's efforts to protect and care for Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, stemming from the Hashemite Custodianship over Jerusalem's Holy Sites.
During the meeting, held over a luncheon, the King and the U.S. lawmakers tackled Middle East challenges and crises, and the efforts to reach political solutions to them, in addition to the war on terror within a holistic approach.
The head and members of the delegation expressed appreciation for Jordan's pivotal role, under the leadership of the King, to bring about peace and enhance security and stability in the region, valuing the efforts exerted by the Kingdom to shoulder the burdens of the Syrian refugee crisis.
They also said the U.S. Congress is keen to stand by Jordan and provide all forms of support to the Kingdom in various fields.
On the other side, Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ayman Safadi also met with the US delegation during which they discussed bilateral relations between Jordan and the U.S. and regional developments, especially those related to the Palestinian issue. They also tackled challenges to efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the two-state solution, as well as the Syrian crisis and the war on terror.
Safadi stressed Jordan-U.S. relations and thanked the U.S. for its support to the Kingdom, especially economic support, which was framed in a memorandum of understanding that will guarantee at least $1.275 billion annually for five years.
Pelosi underlined the King's role and efforts to establish peace, security, and stability and combat terrorism, stressing the need for continued support to Jordan as a strategic partner.
Source: International Islamic News Agency