Trump to Meet Jordan's King for Second Time in Washington Next Week

King Abdullah is the first world leader to be granted a second meeting with the president since he took office. Visit comes amidst meetings with Egyptian and Palestinian leaders.

Jordanian King Abdullah II (L) meets with US President Donald Trump in Washington on February 2, 2017.
AFP/ Yousef Allan

President Trump will host Jordanian King Abdullah II at the White house next week, the White House announced Friday, their second meeting since the president took office.

The king will be the first world leader to receive a second meeting with Trump since his inauguration in January. The visit will take place two days after Trump will meet with Egyptian President Al-Sisi, and ahead of an expected visit by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later in the month.

The White House statement on the visit said that the two leaders will discuss "a range of shared interests in the Middle East, including how the United States and Jordan can best defeat ISIS, end the conflict in Syria, and advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The two leaders will also discuss how to further strengthen cooperation between the United States and Jordan and promote peace and prosperity in the Middle East."

Abdullah met Trump in early February when he was in Washington for a visit that originally didn't include a sit-down with the President. After he held meetings with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, the King announced his intention to participate at the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual event in Washington which the President traditionally attends. Once it became clear that both will be at the event a meeting between Trump and Abdullah was organized. Immediately following the meeting, the White House put out its first statement expressing concern over the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.