King Abdullah II of Jordan arrived in Cairo Saturday for a series of meetings with Egyptian officials, Ammon News reported.
A statement Saturday from Egypt’s presidency said the king voiced his support for the “national choices” made by Egyptians.
The Jordanian leader met with interim President Adly Mansour. The meeting was also attended by a number of high-level officials, including the country’s army chief Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei and the country’s new prime minister.
The Jordanian monarch’s trip to Egypt was the first official visit of an Arab leader to Egypt since the ouster of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on June 30.
King Abdullah also discussed the renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians with the senior Egyptian officials.
Both Egypt and Jordan have played a key role in the facilitation of past negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, which US Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday would be resumed in the coming weeks.
Earlier Saturday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said that “Egypt still places the Palestinian issue as its top priority.”
Speaking at a press conference in Cairo, Fahmy said that Egypt intends to play a prominent role in any future peace process between the two parties.
Fahmy stated his country’s undivided support for “the Palestinian people, and the right to establish their independent state with its capital in Jerusalem.”
Fahmy added that with regard to the negotiations, Egypt would officially deal with the Palestinian Authority, although he made it clear that his country will hold contacts with the rival Hamas as well.