The Jordan Times
AMMAN — Deputising for His Majesty King Abdullah, HRH Prince Feisal, on Thursday received a delegation of the US Congress Committee on Appropriations, headed by MP Harold Rogers (R-Kentucky).
During the meeting, held at Al Husseiniya Palace, the Regent and the delegates discussed strategic ties between both countries, as well as ways to enhance cooperation in various fields, according to a Royal Court statement.
They went over efforts to revive the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, and to relaunch serious and effective negotiations between the two sides on the basis of the two-state solution and the Arab Peace Initiative.
Discussions also covered regional developments, including the need for a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, and efforts to fight terrorism and extremism within a holistic approach to enhance international peace and security.
For their part, the delegates voiced appreciation for Jordan's role in dealing with regional issues, and achieving peace and stability in the region.
King’s Office Director Jafar Hassan and Planning and International Cooperation Minister Imad Fakhoury attended the meeting.
Also on Thursday, Prime Minister Hani Mulki and the congressional delegation discussed bilateral relations.
In the presence of Fakhoury, Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani and Finance Minister Omar Malhas, Mulki outlined the economic challenges caused by unstable regional conditions, in addition to the border closures that affected Jordan’s exports to foreign markets.
He said the support of the international community and donor countries, particularly from the US, to help Jordan cope with the repercussions of the Jordan refugee influx is still insufficient, noting that the Kingdom is performing its humanitarian role on behalf of the international community.
The premier highlighted the importance of the US’ contribution, in cooperation with Arab countries, to efforts aimed at reviving the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations to implement the two-state solution, noting the potential threats for the region if the Palestinian cause is not solved.
Discussions also covered efforts to combat extremism and terrorism.