President Trump meets with Jordanian king to discuss Syria crisis

President Trump met King Abdullah II to discuss Iran's destabilizing influence in the conflict-addled country.

September 21, 2017 01:29
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US President Trump greets Jordan's King Abdullah II during joint news conference at the White House. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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US President Donald Trump met with Jordanian King Abdullah II in New York City on Wednesday during the UN General Assembly's 72nd session to discuss the two countries' bilateral ties as well as the different challenges Jordan faces.

According to the White House Office Press Secretary, Trump conveyed America’s commitment to Jordan’s security in the meeting and the two leaders discussed many bilateral agreements.

Among the topics discussed was humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan, plans to defeat Islamic State and bring about a resolution to the Syrian Civil War, which has been raging for the past seven years. 

A White House press statement stressed that the talk had a specific purpose-- to affirm America's support for Jordan’s security and economic interests.

The president also praised the Jordanian king's commitment to resisting Iran’s destabilizing effect on the region, as well as the Arab country's commitment to fighting terrorism throughout the region.

King Abdullah II was one among a slew of world leaders the American president convened with at the UN General Assembly.
Trump also met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In his meeting with the latter, the president avoided the topic of Iran, which the Israeli premier has been pushing in an attempt to raise awareness to the threat on Israel posed by Tehran.

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