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White House confirms Jordanian king to meet with Biden this week

US President Joe Biden, right, shakes hands with Jordan's King Abdullah II, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, July 19, 2021. (AP Photo/ Susan Walsh)
US President Joe Biden, right, shakes hands with Jordan's King Abdullah II, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, July 19, 2021. (AP Photo/ Susan Walsh)

The White House confirms Jordan’s King Abdullah II will meet with US President Joe Biden in Washington this week.

Abdullah will hold talks with Biden on Friday at the White House, which says the visit “will reinforce the close friendship and enduring partnership between the United States and Jordan. Jordan is a critical force for stability in the Middle East and strategic partner and ally of the United States.”

According to a report yesterday, the two leaders are expected to discuss recent friction between Palestinians and Israel in Jerusalem, especially surrounding the Temple Mount compound, and efforts to deescalate tensions in the city.

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