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Trump Meets Jordan’s King Abdullah Amid Talk of Regional Peace Initiative

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Jordanian King Abdullah II. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Jordan’s King Abdullah II was to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday, following an Arab League summit hosted in the Hashemite kingdom last week and amid talk of a new regional peace initiative headed by the Trump administration.

Trump and Abdullah were expected to discuss the Arab consensus on the Middle East peace process as well as the possibility of convening Israel, the Palestinians and Arab leaders from Jordan, Egypt and the Gulf states for a US-backed regional summit this summer.

Wednesday marks the second meeting between the American and Jordanian heads of state since Trump took office in January, and comes after the US president met Monday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Additionally, Trump will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas later this month.

During their previous meeting in February, Abdullah and Trump discussed “Jordan’s critical contributions to defeating ISIS” and “the possibility of establishing safe zones in Syria,” according to a readout provided by the White House. Trump also emphasized Jordan’s “essential role in serving as a model of tolerance and moderation in the region.”

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