FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks in a speech at Nationwide Structure Middle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
July 19, 2021
By Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday will host Jordan’s King Abdullah, a key U.S. ally in a unstable area, in what would be the first of three face-to-face conferences with leaders from the Center East anticipated quickly.
Abdullah, who confronted down a problem to his authority in April from his half-brother, Prince Hamza, can have his first Oval Workplace talks with Biden for the reason that U.S. president took energy in January.
He will even have a working breakfast with Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday on the vice chairman’s residence. He’ll meet Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the State Division on Tuesday.
Abdullah performs a singular function within the Center East, seen by U.S. officers as a reasonable and pragmatic chief who can play a mediating function.
Abdullah is the primary Center East chief to go to the Biden White Home, to be adopted on July 26 by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. U.S. and Israeli officers are engaged on scheduling a gathering quickly between Biden and new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
A senior Biden administration official stated the president’s talks with the king are anticipated to incorporate the way in which ahead for Israel and the Palestinians with Bennett having just lately changed Benjamin Netanyahu as Israeli prime minister.
Tensions stay excessive within the wake of the 11-day struggle in Could between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.
Abdullah’s standing in his personal nation could come up within the talks. Jordan’s picture as an island of stability within the turbulent Center East was known as into query after Prince Hamza was accused of a plot to destabilize the nation in April.
Biden has provided full help to Abdullah, who can be joined on the White Home by his spouse, Queen Rania.
“We’ve got nice confidence within the king’s management, and I believe the go to over the course of the approaching days will simply reaffirm that confidence,” a senior Biden administration official stated.
Different subjects more likely to come up are the way forward for the Trump-era Abraham Accords, the normalization offers reached between Israel and 4 Arab states, negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program and Syria’s humanitarian disaster, the official stated.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Modifying by Lisa Shumaker)