King holds talks with Custodian of Two Holy Mosques, meets Saudi crown prince in Riyadh

12 December 2017

His Majesty King Abdullah held talks with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

Discussions focused on the developments related to Jerusalem, and the dangerous implications of the United States decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy there.

At the meeting, attended by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II and senior officials on both sides, discussions covered regional issues and the deep-rooted, historical ties that Jordan and Saudi Arabia share.

The ramifications of the US decision on regional security and stability, as well as on peace efforts, were also discussed.

King Abdullah affirmed the importance of coordinating the Arab position on this issue, unifying action, and reaching out to the international community.

The two sides stressed the need to maintain consultations and coordination on various issues of mutual concern, in the service of the Arab nation’s just causes, and with the aim of bolstering global security and stability.

His Majesty and King Salman reaffirmed the strong Jordanian-Saudi ties and called for advancing them further, asserting the importance of building on agreements and memoranda of understanding signed between the two countries in a number of vital sectors.

King Salman noted that the security of Jordan and Saudi Arabia is one and the same; stressing that what matters to Jordan, matters to Saudi Arabia, and what harms Jordan, harms Saudi Arabia.

Talks also touched on the developments in Syria and Iraq, as well as efforts to reach political solutions to regional crises and enable the region’s peoples to live in peace.

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan, Special Adviser to His Majesty Ali Fazza, His Majesty's Personal Envoy to Saudi Arabia Basem Awadallah, and Jordan’s Ambassador in Riyadh Ali Kayed attended the meeting.

On the Saudi side, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, governor of Riyadh region; Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz, minister of state, member of the Cabinet, and adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Khalid bin Faisal bin Turki, the Saudi ambassador in Amman; Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz; Musaed bin Mohammed Al Aiban, minister of state and Cabinet member; and Finance Minister Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Jadaan were in attendance.

King Salman hosted a luncheon in honour of His Majesty and the accompanying delegation, attended by a number of senior Saudi officials.

Also in Riyadh, the King, accompanied by Crown Prince Al Hussein, met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also deputy prime minister and minister of defence.

Discussions covered regional and international developments, especially those related to Jerusalem.

The two sides also affirmed the importance of bolstering military, economic, and security-related cooperation.