Biden to meet Jordanian King, discuss Middle East

Israel National News reports: “US President Joe Biden is set to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah II later this week, a source familiar with the meeting said on Monday, according to Haaretz.

Middle East regional issues are expected to dominate the meeting, the report said.

Jordan, the custodian of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, has been heavily involved in efforts to maintain calm in the city, which in recent weeks has seen repeated clashes between worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and security forces.

The Royal Hashemite Court said that the king arrived in the United States on Friday for a working visit. The tour began in New York, and from there the king will continue to Washington.

In a Monday interview with Sky News Arabia, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, who accompanied King Abdullah on the trip, said the visit and upcoming meeting are ‘important for the discussion of regional issues.’

Safadi reiterated Jordan’s position that ‘any measure that violates the status quo in Jerusalem is legally void,’ urging Israel to maintain calm around the holy sites…”

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