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Biden extends White House invitation to Jordan’s King Abdullah

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

In this Dec. 10, 2020,  photo released by the Royal Hashemite Court, Jordan's King Abdullah II gives a speech during the inauguration of the 19th Parliament's non-ordinary session, in Amman, Jordan. (Yousef Allan/The Royal Hashemite Court via AP, File)
In this Dec. 10, 2020, photo released by the Royal Hashemite Court, Jordan's King Abdullah II gives a speech during the inauguration of the 19th Parliament's non-ordinary session, in Amman, Jordan. (Yousef Allan/The Royal Hashemite Court via AP, File)

US President Joe Biden extends an invitation for Jordan’s King Abdullah to visit the White House on July 19.

“His Majesty’s visit will highlight the enduring and strategic partnership between the United States and Jordan, a key security partner and ally of the United States. It will be an opportunity to discuss the many challenges facing the Middle East and showcase Jordan’s leadership role in promoting peace and stability in the region,” the White House says in a statement.

“President Biden looks forward to working with His Majesty to strengthen bilateral cooperation on multiple political, security, and economic issues, including the promotion of economic opportunities that will be vital for a bright future in Jordan,” the statement adds.

Abdullah will be the first Middle East leader to visit the White House since the start of the Biden administration.

An invitation has also been extended to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, and former president Reuven Rivlin said it could take place in a matter of weeks, but a date has not yet been set.

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