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Biden and Jordan’s king discuss efforts to defuse Israeli-Palestinian tensions

WASHINGTON

US President Joe Biden and Jordan’s King Abdullah on Friday discussed rising tensions in Israel and the occupied West Bank.

Leaders of the two countries discussed efforts to “stall violence, calm rhetoric and reduce tensions in Israel and the West Bank,” the White House said in a statement after King Abdullah sat down with the US president in the executive building.

“The US president reiterated his strong support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and noted the need to maintain the historic status quo at the Haram al-Sharif (Al-Aqsa Mosque)/Temple Mount,” the White House statement said.

“The president also recognized the important role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as the guardian of the Muslim holy places in Jerusalem,” the statement added.

Biden and Abdullah also discussed the “political and economic benefits” of further regional integration on infrastructure, energy, water and climate project issues.

The White House also described Jordan as “an important hub for such cooperation and investment.”

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