Jordan’s King Abdullah II: Middle East ‘on the brink of falling into the abyss’

Jordan's King Abdullah II addresses a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (not in image) after a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on October 17, 2023. (Tobias Schwarz/AFP)
Jordan's King Abdullah II addresses a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (not in image) after a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on October 17, 2023. (Tobias Schwarz/AFP)

BERLIN — Jordanian King Abdullah II warns of a dire situation in the Middle East if the conflict between Israel and Hamas is allowed to spread to other countries.

“The whole region is on the brink of falling into the abyss,” Abdullah says after meeting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.

“All our efforts are needed to make sure we don’t get there,” he says.

Scholz, who will travel to Israel later today, also warns against an escalation.

“We have a common goal to prevent a conflagration in the region,” says Scholz. “I once again expressly warn Hezbollah and Iran not to intervene in this conflict.”

He will be the first head of government to visit Israel since Hamas launched the bloodiest attack in Israel’s 75-year history last week. US President Joe Biden is also set to visit.

 

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