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Israeli Defense Minister discusses regional stability with King of Jordan

AMMAN (Reuters) – Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz met Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman on Wednesday to discuss regional stability and bilateral ties in the latest high-level visit since relations between the two improved. neighbors, officials from both countries said.

At peace since 1994, Jordan has been a security ally of Israel, but relations have suffered in recent years from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But relations have steadily improved since a multi-party coalition toppled the government of longtime conservative prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, under whose tenure relations collapsed.

“Our meeting reflected the lasting ties and excellent cooperation between our countries. We are committed to working together for the security and prosperity of our nations, ”Gantz said in a tweet following the meeting at the royal palace.

Abdullah told Gantz that maintaining calm in the Palestinian territories was crucial and stressed that there was no alternative to a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians to bring about a “comprehensive and just” end. to the conflict, according to a statement from the royal palace.

Jordanian officials say the US policy shift under President Joe Biden towards a more traditional commitment to a two-state solution has eased the pressure on Jordan, where a majority of 10 million people are Palestinians.

In recent months, Israel has increased Jordan’s water supply and discussions over regional projects and the resumption of cross-border trade that had stagnated for years have been revived, officials said.

(Written by Dan Williams, additional reporting by Suleiman al Khalidi in Amman and Jeffrey Heller in Jerusalem, editing by Angus MacSwan)