Arab Leaders Meet in Mecca With King Abdullah Over Jordan Crisis

Leaders from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan meet to discuss the political crisis gripping Jordan

Protesters wave flags near Jordanian security forces during a demonstration outside the prime minister's office in the capital Amman late on June 3, 2018.
Jordan's senate met on June 3 for a special session after another night of protests across the country against IMF-backed austerity measures including a draft income tax law and price hikes. Some 3,000 people faced down a heavy security presence to gather near the prime minister's office in Amman until the early hours of Sunday morning. / AFP PHOTO / Khalil MAZRAAWI
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman will hold a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah, Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabahand and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, a Saudi Royal Statement said early on Saturday.

The joint meeting will discuss "ways to support Jordan to emerge from the economic crisis it is going through", the statement added

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“In the context of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s interest on conditions of the Arab nation (Jordan) and his keenness on everything that promotes security and stability, he has closely monitored the economic crisis in Jordan,” a Saturday statement issued by the Saudi Royal Court said