King continues meetings with Congress, holds talks with US House speaker

17 June 2020

His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday continued a series of meetings with committees and leading members of the United States Congress.

King Abdullah held separate teleconference meetings, partly attended by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and US House of Representatives’ Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees.

His Majesty lauded the strategic partnership between Jordan and the United States, expressing keenness to bolster cooperation across all sectors.

The King also voiced Jordan’s appreciation for the support provided by the United States in development and defence.

The meetings covered the latest regional and international developments, especially those related to the Palestinian cause.

His Majesty reiterated Jordan’s steadfast position on the Palestinian cause, highlighting the importance of achieving a comprehensive and just peace on the basis of the two-state solution, guaranteeing the establishment of an independent, sovereign, and viable Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The King reaffirmed that any unilateral Israeli measure to annex lands in the West Bank is unacceptable and undermines the prospects of achieving peace and stability in the Middle East.

Discussions also covered efforts to reach political solutions to regional crises, as well as regional and international efforts to fight terrorism within a holistic approach.

His Majesty underscored the need to continue efforts to counter coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its humanitarian and economic implications, while safeguarding the health and wellbeing of peoples.

For her part, Speaker Pelosi commended the King’s vision on regional and international issues, while members of the Congressional committees said they always look forward to hearing His Majesty’s perspective on current regional developments.

The US lawmakers commended the advanced pharmaceutical sector in Jordan, noting the Kingdom’s dynamic response to COVID-19.

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Adviser to His Majesty for Communication and Coordination Bisher Khasawneh, Adviser to His Majesty for Policies and Media Kemal Al Nasser, and Jordan’s Ambassador in Washington, DC, Dina Kawar attended the meetings.