Israeli President Considering Jordan Visit Amid Souring of Bilateral Ties

Rivlin may visit the kingdom after meeting a delegation of Jordanian officials in London this week following Abdullah's statement that relations are at 'all-time low'

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President Reuven Rivlin and Jordanian King Abdulla II.
President Reuven Rivlin and Jordanian King Abdulla II.Credit: Mark Neiman/GPO and Reuters
Noa Landau
Noa Landau

President Reuven Rivlin is looking into the possibility of paying an official visit to Jordan.

Rivlin met with a delegation of Jordanian officials in London this week. Haaretz has learned Thursday that following the meeting, contacts have been initiated between Jerusalem and Amman to hold the visit.

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Rivlin met with one of the King Abdulla II's most senior advisers and personal envoy, just days after Abdullah cemented a diplomatic chill between the two countries by saying relations were at "an all-time low." 

This was a rare meeting between two high-level officials as the two neighbors face a growing diplomatic crisis, weeks after the 25-year anniversary of their peace agreement was notably marked by a lack of celebrations. 

Prince Ghazi Bin Mohammed, chief adviser to King Abdullah II for Religious and Cultural Affairs, met with Rivlin during a work visit by the Israeli statesman to the British capital. The two agreed on continuing dialogue between both countries.  

"A number of issues were discussed" during the meeting, an official statement from the president's office said. Topping the list was the Land of the Monasteries, a joint tourism project based around Christian pilgrimage sites along the Jordan River.