After Hosting Abbas, Israeli Defense Minister Meets Jordan's King Abdullah

Gantz thanks King Abdullah for his work to safeguard stability in the region and to bolster peace and normalization with Israel

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Defense Minister Benny Gantz with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman, on Wednesday.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman, on Wednesday.Credit: Defense Ministry

Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz met on Wednesday with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman to discuss security and policy matters. 

In the meeting, Gantz stressed the strategic importance of Israel's close ties with Jordan, which benefits both countries, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

"Our meeting reflected the enduring 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 in the royal palace.

Gantz thanked King Abdullah for his work to safeguard stability in the region and to bolster peace and normalization with Israel.

The defense minister praised the improved ties between the two countries since Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's government came to power, and expressed his commitment to continuing to strengthen Israel and Jordan's security, economic and civil ties. 

On his part, King Abdullah reiterated the need to maintain calm in the Palestinian Territories, "and to take the necessary measures to create the horizon needed to achieve just and comprehensive peace, on the basis of the two-state solution."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Sochi, Russia, in November.Credit: Reuters

The meeting also covered a number of issues of mutual concern, as well as means of enhancing security and stability in the region.

Jordan's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, and Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan attended the meeting.

Last week, Gantz met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for a working meeting at his home to discuss economic and security issues.

The meeting in Rosh Ha'ayin, confirmed by Gantz's office, was Abbas' first formal meeting in Israel since 2010, and the second with Gantz under the current Israeli government, after an August meeting in Ramallah.

Their meeting came about a week after U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan visited the region and called on Israeli officials to do more on the situation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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