In ‘Under the Radar’ Visit to DC, Jordan’s King Discusses Israeli-Palestinian Peace With Trump Officials


Jordanian King Abdullah visited Washington this week and discussed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process with senior officials in the Trump administration. 

Among others, Abdullah met with Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, who has recently returned from a visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The king emphasized the long-standing Jordanian view that progress in the peace process could help improve the situation in the region, as he has said in past visits to the U.S. capital.

A statement by the Jordanian Embassy in Washington said that during his visit – which went by mostly under the radar, without events open to the press – the king met with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. Besides the peace process, the conversations focused on the regional fight against terrorism, the situation in Syria and Iraq, and “the need to intensify cooperation and coordination among all the countries involved to counter this threat” – evidently a reference to the ongoing feud between the different Sunni countries in the Gulf region. 

This is the king’s third visit to the United States since Trump entered the White House earlier this year. Abdullah was the first Middle Eastern leader to meet Trump in early February, and then met with president again in early April. This time, according to the Jordanian Embassy’s press release, an official meeting with the president was not on his itinerary. However, the two leaders spoke on the phone last month, a conversation during which Trump reiterated America’s commitment to Jordan’s security and stability.

  1. #1 by roberthstiver on 07/02/2017 - 9:34

    Will anything come of this? I think/fear not….

    I had no idea that King Abdullah has made three trips to Israel-Occupied WashDC since January 2017. If I’m a typical “had no idea” observer, it speaks volumes as to why there is a lot of smoke but no fire in the need to put primary emphasis on the essential fact that Palestine Is Still THE Issue….

    (Can a link — and date of publishing — be provided to this Ha’aretz article? I’d like to view comments….)

  2. #2 by nooralhaqiqa on 07/03/2017 - 9:34

    Just saying that, a great way to comprehend the situation in the ME, from someone very involved in the ME, lives in Jordan and works in the KSA, Dennis Fetcho, AKA The Fetch, is a great source. Every Saturday am his show literally “cuts through the dissonance” and during his far-ranging array of topics, he never fails to give a bang on, from the ground, as an “insider”, report on all things Middle East, especially Qatar and the KSA. I have YET to hear him speak about anything that made me cringe because he was “off”. Dennis GETS it and gives great reports on the ME.

    I am simply sharing an excellent resource. Fetcho does amazing rants and exposes Jewry in the most intellectual and well spoken ways possible. Indeed, he works as hard as our beloved Mark at his work.

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