Biden Hosts Jordan's King Amid Tough Choices in Middle East

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President Joe Biden is acceptable to big King Abdullah II of Jordan during 1 of the astir hard moments of the Jordanian leader's 22-year regularisation and astatine a pivotal clip successful the Middle East for Biden.

Abdullah arrives Monday day astatine the White House. Last week a Jordanian authorities information tribunal sentenced 2 erstwhile officials to service 15 years successful situation implicit an alleged crippled against the king uncovered earlier this twelvemonth that progressive Abdullah's half-brother.

Meanwhile, Biden, who has enactment overmuch of his overseas argumentation absorption connected China and Russia successful the aboriginal going, faces immoderate hard issues successful the Middle East. He is dealing with stepped-up attacks against U.S. troops successful Iraq and Syria by Iranian-backed militias astatine the aforesaid infinitesimal that his medication is trying to nudge Iran backmost to the negotiating array to revive the atomic statement that Donald Trump abandoned during his presidency.

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White House property caput Jen Psaki said the gathering “will beryllium an accidental to sermon the galore challenges facing the Middle East and showcase Jordan’s enactment relation successful promoting bid and stableness successful the region.”

Abdullah had a hard narration with Trump, who helium saw arsenic undercutting a bid woody betwixt Israelis and Palestinians with his 2017 declaration of Jerusalem arsenic Israel's capital. He besides chaffed astatine the Trump administration's pursuit of what officials called the Abraham Accords — deals with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan and Morocco that normalized relations with Israel but near retired the Palestinians.

Biden has nary plans to reverse U.S. designation of Jerusalem arsenic the capital, and his medication has adjacent offered praise for the Trump-brokered accords — a uncommon lawsuit of the Democratic medication speaking positively of the erstwhile administration's policy-making.

Biden officials program to accent to Abdullah that the accords are not an “end run" connected uncovering the mode to a bid woody that includes a Palestinian state, according to a elder medication authoritative who was not authorized to remark publically and spoke connected information of anonymity.

The 2 leaders are expected to sermon the concern successful Syria — much than 1 cardinal Syrian refugees person fled the war-ravaged federation for Jordan — and a wobbly information concern successful Iraq, the authoritative said. At slightest 8 drone attacks person targeted the U.S. subject beingness successful Iraq since Biden took bureau successful January, arsenic good arsenic 17 rocket attacks.

Abdullah is the archetypal Arab satellite person to conscionable face-to-face with Biden. The president is acceptable to big Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi astatine the White House adjacent week, and Biden has invited Israel's caller premier minister, Naftali Bennett, to sojourn aboriginal this summer.

Abdullah is besides acceptable to person a moving meal Monday with Vice President Kamala Harris and to conscionable Tuesday with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The Oval Office gathering with Biden is besides a accidental for the king to spotlight his closeness to Biden pursuing the attempted coup.

Bassem Awadallah, who has U.S. citizenship and erstwhile served arsenic a apical adjutant to King Abdullah II, and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, a subordinate of the royal family, were recovered blameworthy of sedition and incitement charges. Both men denied the charges and Awadallah’s U.S. lawyer said his lawsuit alleged helium was tortured successful Jordanian detention and fears for his life.

They are alleged to person conspired with Prince Hamzah, the king’s half-brother. Biden, who has known Abdullah for years, was speedy to publically explicit “strong U.S. enactment for Jordan" and praise the king's enactment aft details of the coup effort were unveiled successful April

Queen Rania and Crown Prince Hussein are expected to articulation Abdullah for the White House visit. First woman Jill Biden is to big the queen for beverage astatine the White House.

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