AMMAN — Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications and Government Spokesperson Samih Maaytah on Monday said the scheduled visit by US President Barack Obama to Jordan on Friday underlines the friendly relations between the Kingdom and the US.

Maaytah welcomed the visit, pointing out His Majesty King Abdullah’s efforts in strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries and in bringing the two countries’ views on various issues closer, including efforts to achieve regional peace, development and stability.

Maaytah voiced hope that Obama’s visit to the region would give real momentum to the Palestinian peace process, noting that a just, viable and comprehensive peace, based on international resolutions is important for the Palestinians and the Israelis, as well as the entire region, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

He expressed hope that the US administration will push for a political solution that ends the crisis in Syria and will increase its support for the Kingdom so that it can deal with the economic challenges it faces as a result of the influx of refugees, pointing out that the Kingdom currently hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees among other refugee-host countries.

Jordan has opened its border to over 455,000 Syrians since the onset of the conflict in March 2011, and the number is expected to surpass one million before the end of this year.

Jordan, under the leadership of King Abdullah, will continue its efforts to revive negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis to achieve peace on the basis of the two-state solution and in a manner that preserves the rights of the Palestinian people, including the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state on the Palestinian soil, Maaytah added.