US officials reportedly in Mideast peace talks with Jordan’s king 

Source: US officials reportedly in Mideast peace talks with Jordan’s king – Israel Hayom

U.S. secretary of state and White House senior advisers Kushner, Greenblatt discuss Middle East peace with King Abdullah in Washington, American source says • Abdullah also meets with U.S. vice president to discuss Islamic State, U.S. presence in Syria.  

Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff // published on 12/03/2019
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House senior advisers Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt discussed Middle East peace prospects with Jordan’s King Abdullah on Monday in Washington, an American source familiar with the meeting said.

The 45-minute meeting took place at the Jordanian ambassador’s residence in Washington, the source said.

Kushner and Greenblatt returned recently from a tour of Persian Gulf states during which they sought support from Arab leaders on the economic portion of a Middle East peace proposal that U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to unveil in coming months.

That trip, however, did not include a stop in Jordan.

The release of the Trump peace plan has been delayed repeatedly. White House officials have said they plan to unveil the so-called “deal of the century” sometime after April 9, when Israel is set to hold elections that will decide the fate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Abdullah also met Vice President Mike Pence on Monday.

Pence’s office said he and the king discussed the fight against the Islamic State group and Trump’s decision to maintain a residual U.S. presence in Syria.

Abdullah was set to meet lawmakers, including members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

The king also met on Monday with U.S. acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to discuss military and defense cooperation between Jordan and the U.S.

“The meeting covered the latest developments in the Middle East, efforts to reach political solutions to regional crises, and efforts to fight terrorism within a holistic approach and Jordanian-US cooperation in this regard,” the Jordanian Embassy said in a statement.


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