President Trump and first lady Melania Trump with King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania at the White House on June 25, 2018. (AP)
Trump cites Middle East progress, hosts Jordan’s King Abdullah
Follow
Reuters, Washington
Published: 26 June ,2018: 12:00 AM GST
Updated: 20 May ,2020: 10:55 AM GST
President Donald Trump said on Monday that a lot of progress had been made in the Middle East, but he declined to say when the White House would release its plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Trump, during a meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan, said things had improved since he pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. European allies opposed that move. “Things are a lot different since we ended that,” Trump said.
In an interview with a Palestinian newspaper published on Sunday, Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, said Washington would announce its Middle East peace plan soon and would press on with or without Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
جلالة الملك عبدالله الثاني والرئيس الأمريكي دونالد ترمب يدليان بتصريحات مشتركة للصحفيين في المكتب البيضاوي #الأردن #واشنطن

His Majesty King Abdullah II and #US President Donald Trump deliver remarks to the press at the White House Oval Office #Jordan​pic.twitter.com/QoVHGJ5CrX
— RHC (@RHCJO) June 25, 2018
Kushner in Jordan, Saudi
Kushner visited Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt before talks on Friday and Saturday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
His comments underlined gaping divisions between Washington and the Palestinian leadership that have widened since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December and moved the US Embassy there, overriding decades of US policy.
Palestinian officials, who want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, accused Kushner of trying to undermine Abbas and what they described as their leader’s moderate camp.
In the interview with Palestinian newspaper Al Quds, Kushner, who was meeting with leaders in the region but not Abbas, refused to go into details on his peace plan.
The US plan is expected to propose solutions to core issues in dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians, such as borders, the future of Israeli settlements, the fate of Palestinian refugees and security.
President Trump (2R) and First Lady Melania Trump greet Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Queen Rania in Washington, DC on June 25, 2018. (AFP)
Jordan’s King Abdullah II
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is hosting Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the White House. The president and first lady Melania Trump greeted Abdullah and his wife, Queen Rania, on Monday afternoon. The couples will be meeting in the Oval Office before Trump, Abdullah and their aides sit down for talks.
The White House had said the allies would be discussing “terrorism, the threat from Iran and the crisis in Syria, and working towards a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”
Presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner recently met with Abdullah as part of a Middle East trip to lay the groundwork for an expected Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
(With AP inputs)
Get the latest stories from AlArabiya on Google News
jordan
king abdullah
donald trump
united states
middle east
Also Read
Trump tells Jordan’s king he intends to move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
Jordan’s King Abdullah discusses Israeli shooting in call with Trump
Jordan’s king meets with Trump envoy on Mideast peace push
Trump discusses Syria safe zones with Jordan king
Editor's Choice
Israel army kills 10 members of same family in air strike on Gaza: Medics
Pentagon may delay moving Israel to US CENTCOM area of responsibility after violence
Israel fired 450 missiles at Gaza within 40 minutes overnight: Spokesman
Top Content
Israel fired 450 missiles at Gaza within 40 minutes overnight: Spokesman
Three rockets fired at Israel from Syria
Saudi Arabia’s FM condemns Israel’s ‘illegal practices’ in call with Palestinian FM
Lebanese youth killed by Israeli fire on border after trying to cross security fence
UAE’s FM expresses ‘grave concern’ over escalation of violence in Israel, Palestine
Israeli airstrikes kill 126 Palestinians in Gaza, 11 killed in West Bank unrest
Before you go
Israeli police force throw stun grenades on Palestinians at Al-Aqsa mosque clashes
News
Business
Energy
Opinion
Life
Video
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW US
ABOUT AL ARABIYA NETWORK
CONTACT US
TERMS OF USE
PRIVACY POLICY
CAREERS
© COPYRIGHT. AL ARABIYA NETWORK. 2021
This website uses "cookies":
We use cookies to improve your experience on our site and to show you personalized advertising. To continue browsing, please click ‘OK, I Accept’.
For more information, please read our Privacy Policy
Ok, I Accept
Home News Middle East