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Jordanian king heads to UAE for trilateral summit with Emirati, Bahraini leaders

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Pompeo, Netanyahu, and Bahraini FM set to meet in Jerusalem

Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi (right), receives King Abdullah of Jordan at the Presidential Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates March 13, 2016. (Crown Prince Court Abu Dhabi via AP)
Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi (right), receives King Abdullah of Jordan at the Presidential Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates March 13, 2016. (Crown Prince Court Abu Dhabi via AP)

Jordan’s King Abdullah II will travel to the United Arab Emirates for a meeting on Wednesday with the Bahraini king and the Emirati crown prince, according to Jordanian state media.

“His Highness King Abdullah will leave the Jordanian homeland and go to Abu Dhabi to participate in a trilateral summit which will include Bahraini king His Highness Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa and His Highness [UAE] Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan,” state-controlled Jordan TV said in a statement.

The meeting will come as two Bahraini ministers are expected to make the first official visit to Israel by ministers from the Gulf kingdom to take part in a trilateral meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli and US officials.

The Wednesday meeting is expected to be attended by Prime Minister Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani.

Jordanian King Abdullah II gestures as he delivers a speech at the European Parliament, on January 15, 2020, in Strasbourg, eastern France. (Photo by Frederick FLORIN / AFP)

Jordan and Israel have been at peace since 1994 and have full diplomatic relations. Despite Jordan’s majority-Palestinian population — many of whom do not support the peace treaty — the two governments cooperate closely on security and economic issues.

This will be the first official state visit by King Abdullah to the UAE since the Emirates decided to normalize ties with Israel in August. While the king has not opposed the normalization accords between Israel and Bahrain and between Israel and the UAE, the Jordanian government has yet to fully embrace them.

When it was first announced that Abu Dhabi would establish open ties with Israel back in August and that Israel was suspending its West Bank annexation plans, Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi ignored the former and focused exclusively on the latter.

“The decision to freeze the annexation of Palestinian lands included in the agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel must be followed by Israel, stopping all illegal measures which undermine peace opportunities and its violations of Palestinian rights,” al-Safadi wrote at the time.

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