His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan met on Monday with US Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan in Washington (photo) to discuss military and defense cooperation between Jordan and the United States.
The meeting covered the latest developments in the Middle East, efforts to reach political solutions to regional crises, and efforts to fight terrorism within a holistic approach and Jordanian-US cooperation in this regard, Petra news agency reported.
For his part, Acting US Secretary of Defense Shanahan expressed the United States’ appreciation for King Abdullah’s leadership and his efforts to ensure security and stability in the region, commending the level of partnership between the two countries.
King Abdullah also met on Monday with US National Security Adviser John Bolton and discussed the Jordan-US strategic partnership, as well as a number of regional issues.
Discussions at the meeting covered the importance of maintaining coordination between Jordan and the United States on issues of mutual concern, in service of regional security and stability.
The meeting also addressed regional and international efforts to counter terrorism within a holistic approach.
US National Security Adviser Bolton expressed the United States’ appreciation for Jordan’s important role, led by King Abdullah, in pursuit of regional peace and stability.
Furthermore, King Abdullah’s meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday covered means to advance Jordanian-US relations and means to reach political solutions to regional crises.
King Abdullah expressed Jordan’s appreciation for the support provided by the United States to development projects and programs.
Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed the United States’ keenness to support Jordan, expand cooperation, and continue coordination on various issues.
His Majesty also expressed appreciation for the United States’ participation in the recent London Initiative Conference, held to support Jordan’s economy.
Lastly, His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday met with US Vice President Mike Pence and discussed opportunities to bolster Jordan’s strategic partnership with the United States, as well as the latest regional developments.
King Abdullah affirmed Jordan’s keenness to advance cooperation with the United States, especially in the economic sector, expressing the Kingdom’s appreciation for US support for development projects.
Discussions at the meeting covered regional and global efforts to counter terrorism within a holistic approach, with His Majesty referring to the round of Aqaba Meetings hosted recently by the United States in partnership with Jordan to follow up on and coordinate international efforts to fight terrorism.
Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Jordan’s Ambassador in Washington, DC, Dina Kawar attended all four meetings.