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King, US state secretary discuss ‘strategic partnership, region’


The Jordan Times


AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for talks that focused on bolstering the “strategic partnership and cooperation between Jordan and the US, and the latest developments in the Middle East”, a Royal Court statement said. 
Also on the agenda were efforts to revive the Middle East peace process, with King Abdullah stressing the need to relaunch serious and effective Palestinian-Israeli negotiations based on the two-state solution and the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.
His Majesty reiterated that there is no alternative to the two-state solution to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, stressing that the lack of a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue would only deepen the current state of frustration and trigger further violence.
The King also warned against any alteration to the historical status quo in Jerusalem, noting that attempts to change this would have serious consequences on the region as a whole.
Talks also focussed on the latest developments in the Syrian arena and efforts seeking a lasting ceasefire in parallel with action towards a political solution to the crisis based on the Geneva process’ outcomes. His Majesty also stressed the importance of cooperating with Russia over this issue.
In addition, discussions addressed the situation in Iraq and efforts to bolster stability there, as well as regional and international efforts in the global anti-terror war based on a holistic strategy to counter their threat to world peace and security.
The discussion also tackled the assistance provided by the US to Jordan to help it carry out development projects and cope with the repercussions of regional crises.
Royal Hashemite Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan, and Jordan’s Ambassador in Washington Dina Kawar attended the meeting.
Tillerson hosted a lunch banquet in honour of the King and the accompanying delegation.

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