AMMAN, Jordan- Jordan’s King Abdullah II, said, his recent visit to the U.S. focused on the Palestinian issue, the outcome of the recent Arab summit, the Syrian crisis, the situation in Iraq and the fight against terrorism and extremism.

He also said, his visit to Washington had touched on the importance of Jordanian-US economic cooperation and the U.S. assistance, to face economic and financial woes.

The King made the remarks as he met with former information ministers, directors of official media departments and chief editors of newspapers.

“I told U.S. President, Donald Trump, that, the economic situation and challenges facing Jordanians are the most important thing for me,” he added.

“I am optimistic about the new U.S. administration’s assistance and its stances on regional issues, in terms of its desire to support a peaceful solutions to these issues,” said the King.

King Abdullah added, “The U.S. President believes in the need to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and fight terrorism.”

In this context, the King expressed optimism that there is an effective U.S. vision towards the region.

“In return, there should be a unified Arab stance, to support the Palestinian brethren and Jordan, as president of the Arab summit, is coordinating with the Egyptian and Palestinian presidents, to arrive at a solution to the Palestinian issue,” King Abdullah said.

During the Arab summit, the King said, there was an important opportunity to build bridges of cooperation among Arab countries, to address common challenges.

On the situation on the northern borders, he said, Jordan has full capabilities and various means to deal with any developments, in accordance with our priorities.

King Abdullah said, the war against terrorism and Daesh goes beyond Syria and Iraq, and requires a holistic strategy in the whole world.

On the local front, the King highlighted the importance of coordination among media outlets and state institutions, to provide information to citizens in a transparent manner, especially that there are many parties, mostly foreign, that try to spread false news about Jordan and its institutions.

The meeting also focused the main challenges at the local and regional levels and the role that should be played by media outlets, to address them in an objective manner through providing citizens with the right information.

For their part, the attendees lauded the efforts of the King to defend issues of the Arab nation, namely the Palestinian cause.

They also stressed the need to strengthen the internal front, to address regional challenges, noting that the national media plays an important role in this regard.


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