The secret meeting between Isaac Herzog and King Abdullah II in Amman symbolizes the two countries’ growing ties.
President Isaac Herzog of Israel revealed that he met Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman in an unannounced meeting amid improved diplomatic ties between the two countries.
“Last week, I visited with Jordan’s king and had a long talk with him; I spent the entire evening in his castle. In extracts from an interview shown on Israeli television on Saturday, Herzog remarked, “It was a fantastic encounter.”
“Jordan is an extremely significant country. “I have a great deal of respect for King Abdullah, a brilliant leader, and a major regional player,” Herzog said in a statement released by his office.
According to the statement, the two leaders met in King Abdullah’s palace and discussed several political and economic concerns, including energy and sustainability.
It mentioned a “warm meeting held at the king’s invitation,” during which the two talked about “serious strategic problems.”
The core issues in the dialogue between our states, including an agreement to import agricultural produce during the shemitah (agricultural sabbatical) year, energy issues, sustainability, and solutions to the climate crisis that we can advance together, were among the topics discussed, according to the statement.
The only two countries on Israel’s border that have signed peace treaties are Jordan and Egypt.
Under Netanyahu’s leadership, Israel-Jordan relations deteriorated, with critics accusing him of ignoring the Hashemite monarchy in favor of normalizing relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco last year.
Tensions around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem and Israel’s growth of illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank have strained diplomatic relations.
New Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, on the other hand, traveled to Amman for talks with King Abdullah shortly after taking office in June. Jordan and Israel inked two ground-breaking water and trade agreements the following week.
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