Washington DC/Amman, 20 April 2022 (TDI): The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, spoke to Ayman Safadi, the Foreign Minister of Jordan, on Tuesday.

The officials held a telephonic conversation to discuss the recent violence by the Israeli forces in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Secretary Blinken emphasized the importance of maintaining the status quo at Jerusalem holy sites. Furthermore, he stressed the need for Israelis and Palestinians to work in collaboration.

In addition, the Secretary of State expressed appreciation for Jordan’s special role in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Finally, he reaffirmed the US commitment to stability in the region.

Likewise, the Jordanian Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi discussed the efforts to restore calm in Haram Al-Sharif and to culminate Israeli violence.

Moreover, he expressed that Jordan values the American stance of urging mutual respect. Also, he expressed appreciation for US’ commitment to the two-state solution to the conflict and regional stability.

In addition, he emphasized the key role played by the US in the conflict. Lastly, he expressed Jordan’s intention to continue to coordinate with the US to “create political horizons”.

The Hashemite dynasty, the ruling royal family of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is the custodian of the Haram Al-Sharif and the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem.

Israel violated the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the holy month of Ramadan when Israeli forces raided the mosque’s compound and charged the worshippers. More than 150 Palestinians were injured in the Israeli police raid.

Jordan-US Relations

The US and Jordan established diplomatic ties in 1949. Jordan is an important US non-NATO ally in the Middle East region.

Both countries mostly have shared and aligned interests in regional politics. The United States and Jordan play an important role in managing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Moreover, the United States helps Jordan through economic and military assistance, and close political cooperation.

The United States encourages Jordanian efforts to continue to implement key political and economic reforms that will secure a better future for the Jordanian people.

Since 1952, the United States has provided Jordan with economic assistance worth more than $14 billion. The assistance includes funds for development projects, health care, education, water availability, and support for microeconomic policy shifts toward a more completely free-market system.

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