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Trump welcomes King Abdullah to White House for bilateral talks

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed King Abdullah and his wife, Queen Rania of Jordan to the White House on Monday for bilateral talks.

Ahead of their meeting in the oval office, Trump praised King Abdullah for “an incredible job on the refugees and the camps and taking care of people” referring to the large population of refugees fleeing conflict in Syria.

“The job you do on a humanitarian basis is fantastic. And I would like to thank you very much,” Trump said.

“And I just want to say while our nations have a very good relationship, we now have a great relationship.” The sentiment was echoed by King Abdullah, who thanked Trump and US for its support to the region.

“If the rest of the world just took a little bit of your humility and your grace to help us, we’d be in a lot better position,” he said.

Asked about the release of the Middle East peace plan, Trump said a lot of progress has been made following the US decision to exit the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran.

“We’re doing very well in the Middle East. A lot of progress has been made in the Middle East. A lot,” Trump said.

“And it really started with the end of the horrible Iran deal..that deal was a disaster, and things are a lot different since we ended that”.

The White House had said the leaders would be discussing “terrorism, the threat from Iran and the crisis in Syria, and working towards a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.” The visit to the White House follows Presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner recent meeting with King Abdullah in Jordan to lay the groundwork for an expected Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

Source: Kuwait News Agency