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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of President Obama's Meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan

President Obama and King Abdullah met today and reaffirmed the strong relationship between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the United States of America.

President Obama thanked King Abdullah for his leadership and support for peace in the region, and both leaders stated their strong support for the resumption of direct talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and for comprehensive peace in the region.  They expressed their hope that the resumption of direct negotiations will lead to two states living side-by-side in peace and security.  

President Obama and King Abdullah consulted on the details of the launch event for direct talks at the Department of State scheduled for tomorrow.  The President made clear that Jordan’s leadership will be needed to ensure that the talks are successful, and reassured King Abdullah that the United States believes that the only way to achieve peace between the Israelis and Palestinians is through direct negotiations.  

The leaders also discussed regional and bilateral issues, and committed to seeking ways to strengthen the partnership between the United States and Jordan.