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King Abdullah of Jordan meets Palestinian President in Ramallah for the first time since 2017

Jordan’s King Abdullah discussed regional issues with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday in Ramallah, state media said.

It was the first time since 2017 that the Jordanian monarch had visited Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority. Although King Abdullah is in regular contact with Mr. Abbas, previous meetings have taken place in Amman.

Jordan has been seeking to play a bigger role in the region since the November 2020 election of US President Joe Biden. Jordanian officials believe his predecessor, Donald Trump, sidelined the kingdom, especially when it comes to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The visit is part of ongoing talks with Abbas “to address all challenges regarding many issues of concern” to both men, the official Palestinian news agency said.

Mr. Abbas has a de facto second seat in Jordan, where he meets regularly with Arab and Western officials.

King Abdullah met leaders from Iraq, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates in the port city of Aqaba last week.

Jordanian state television said on Monday that Jordan was making efforts to support the Palestinians by “finding a political horizon to respect all their legitimate rights on the basis of a two-state solution”.

Many of Jordan’s 10 million people are of Palestinian origin.

Jordanian officials have increasingly criticized Israel’s actions against Palestinians, which they believe could eventually prompt another migration of Palestinians to Jordan after two waves of refugees in 1948 and 1968.

Updated: March 28, 2022, 11:08 a.m.