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Pompeo: US committed to security of Jordan, confronting ISIS and Iran

 

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In a joint press conference with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo stressed over Washington’s commitment to Jordan’s security, and to confronting the most important threats facing the region, ISIS and Iran.
 
Pompeo assured the relations between the two countries will continue to strengthen, in terms of settling the Syrian crisis and in the fight against terrorism.
 
Addressing Safadi, Pompeo said: “Your nation plays a critical role in regional security and stability including through its efforts to peacefully resolve the Syrian conflict, fight the spread of radical Islamic terrorism and counter the Iranian regime’s malign activities in the region and the world.”
 
“Jordan made a powerful statement by recalling its ambassador in Tehran last year in protest of the Iranian regime’s flagrant transgressions of security and sovereignty. I also want to thank the governor Jordan for its help to combat Iran’s attempts to evade sanctions,” he added.
 
Pompeo also said that the withdrawal of US troops from Syria would not affect Jordan’s security.
 
For his part, the Jordanian foreign minister said that the US’s support for Jordan has helped the Kingdom host nearly 1.3 million Syrian refugees so far.
 
He tapped on Jordan's suffering with Iran's “expansion policy in the region”, as well as shed light on Jordan’s work with Washington for securing Al Tanf region, and the return of the Syrian refuges in Rukban refugee camp to Syria.
 
Safadi also pointed out the ongoing conversation between Jordan and the US regarding Washington’s decision to withdraw its troops from Syria, and stressed that defeating ISIS is a shared goal between Washington and Amman.
 

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