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Jordan king to be first Arab head of state to visit Biden at White House since Oct. 7

Jordan’s King Abdullah II is scheduled to meet with President Biden at the White House next week, focusing on the Gaza conflict and rising tensions in the region.

This meeting is significant as it will be the first time an Arab head of state visits the White House since Hamas launched a major attack on Israel last October. The trip, which includes stops in Canada, France, and Germany, aims to rally international support for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, according to the Jordanian Embassy in D.C.

Criticism has been mounting in the Arab world against the Biden administration for its support of Israel and reluctance to call for a Gaza ceasefire.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated, “President Biden and King Abdullah II will discuss the ongoing situation in Gaza and efforts to find a lasting resolution to the crisis.”

She added, “In pursuit of this goal, the two leaders will discuss U.S. efforts to aid the Palestinian people, including increased humanitarian assistance to Gaza, and a vision for a durable peace that includes a two-state solution with Israel’s security guaranteed.”

During his visit, King Abdullah is also expected to meet with Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and members of Congress.

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