By G9ija

U.S President Joe Biden met with the Jordan’s King Abdullah on Monday (19 July) during his visit to Washington D.C. Jordan remains one of the United States’  closest friends in a volatile and often hostile neighbourhood. The meeting is the first of three meetings Biden is expected to hold with key Middle East leaders, with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi scheduled to visit the White House next week, and a visit by new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett soon after.  

Biden called the king a “good, loyal, decent friend”, while the Jordanian King said that the United States has always been there for Jordan. 

Covid-19 crisis, the Syrian peace process and the U.S.-Jordan defence relationship were discussed but the bulk of the discussions were on the Middle East peace process and the situation in Jerusalem, in which the U.S views King Abdullah as a moderate and pragmatic leader who can play a mediating role.

King Abdullah later met Vice-President Kamala Harris and U.S Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken. The Spokesperson for the US State Department Ned Price said that Secretary Blinken reiterated the United States’ strong commitment to the US-Jordanian strategic relationship, including US support for Jordan’s progress on economic growth and reforms. 

King Abdullah, joined by his son, Crown Prince Hussien, is also meeting several officials and legislators to discuss economic and security cooperation. 

King Abdullah has ruled Jordan for the past 21 years but has experienced difficult relations with Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump. The U.S-Jordan relationship is steered back to the normal course as King Abdullah becomes the first Arab leader to visit Biden in Washington.