King meets Senate committees at US Congress


Published: 2023-02-02 09:27

Last Updated: 2024-05-25 22:53

King meets Senate committees at US Congress
King meets Senate committees at US Congress

Wednesday, His Majesty King Abdullah II continued his meetings in the US Congress by meeting with the Senate Armed Services, Appropriations, and Foreign Relations Committees.

Discussions at the meetings highlighted the role of the strategic partnership between Jordan and the United States in promoting peace in the region, as well as expanding horizons of cooperation in various fields, and maintaining coordination and consultation on issues of mutual interest.

Attended by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, the meetings addressed the latest regional and international developments, foremost of which is the Palestinian cause.

At the meetings, some of which were also attended by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, King Abdullah noted the United States’ leading role in the region and worldwide, expressing appreciation of its support for the Kingdom in various fields.

His Majesty reaffirmed Jordan’s steadfast position towards the Palestinian cause, calling for stepping up international efforts towards restoring calm and de-escalation and reiterating rejection of unilateral measures that undermine peace prospects and push the region into further violence and instability.

The King said Jordan is keen to continue working with the US and the international community to create a political horizon that allows for relaunching serious Palestinian-Israeli negotiations for just and comprehensive peace, on the basis of the two-state solution, guaranteeing the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side-by-side with Israel in peace and security.

The meetings covered regional developments, including the importance of enhancing Iraq’s security and stability and addressing the latest developments in Lebanon, as well as international efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

For their part, the US senators expressed their support for Jordan’s political, economic, and administrative modernisation programmes, commending His Majesty’s determination to move forward with them despite regional conditions.

They also lauded the Kingdom’s mission, under the King’s leadership, to work towards regional peace, stability, and cooperation, expressing keenness to listen to His Majesty’s views on key regional issues.

The US lawmakers highlighted Jordan’s important role in safeguarding holy sites in Jerusalem, in line with the Hashemite Custodianship, expressing appreciation for the Kingdom’s efforts in hosting refugees, and providing them with various vital services.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan, and Jordan’s Ambassador in Washington, DC, Dina Kawar attended the meetings.