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King attends UN meeting, continues encounters with world leaders

Peace, anti-terror drive and economic cooperation dominate talks

By JT - Sep 20,2017 - Last updated at Sep 20,2017

His Majesty King Abdullah heads the Jordanian delegation participating in the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday headed the Jordanian delegation participating in the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly that kicked off in New York.

King Abdullah and HRH Crown Prince Hussein attended the opening session of the General Assembly that was held with the participation of several heads of state and delegations of member states in the international organisation, according to a Royal Court statement. 

On the sidelines of the annual meeting, His Majesty, in the presence of Crown Prince Hussein, held a series of meetings with heads of state and delegations participating in the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.

King Abdullah met with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and went over means to enhance cooperation and coordination between the two countries in all fields, especially at the economic and military levels, the Royal Court said.

They also addressed the latest developments in the Lebanese arena, where His Majesty congratulated Aoun on defeating Daesh terrorists and forcing them out of Lebanon.

The King also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over the latest developments in the Palestinian arena.

Both leaders highlighted the importance of sustaining coordination and consultation related to the endeavours to relaunch the peace process according to the two-state solution, in a way that leads to the establishment of a Palestinian state on the Palestinian national soil with East Jerusalem as its capital.

They highlighted the important role of the US administration and President Donald Trump’s commitment to ending the stalemate in the peace process.

His Majesty also held separate meetings with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, which focused on boosting cooperation with their respective countries, especially in the economic field.

Talks during the gatherings went over the latest regional and international developments and the efforts exerted in the war against terrorism.

During the meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the King and the Japanese leader expressed their countries’ keenness to develop cooperation at all levels, and to continue coordination on various regional and international issues.

His Majesty and Abe went over endeavours aimed at resuming serious and effective negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and the Japanese initiative dubbed “Corridor for Peace and Prosperity” targeting the Mideast conflict zone.

Abe expressed his country’s concern over North Korea’s continuous nuclear tests, and the King stressed that what Pyongyang does is considered a threat to the Japanese security.

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, King’s Office Director Jafar Hassan and Sima Bahous, Jordan’s permanent representative to the UN, attended the meetings.

Later in the day, King Abdullah met with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi over economic and military cooperation between the two countries, including the need to coordinate their anti-terror efforts. 

At another meeting, the Monarch discussed with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni means to bolster economic cooperation between the two countries and the repercussions of the Syrian crisis on Jordan, along with the anti-terrorism drive. 


Meanwhile, King Abdullah attended a lunch banquet hosted by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in honour of heads of state and delegations participating in the session.

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