Mattis, Jordan’s King reaffirm bilateral security ties — Pentagon

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with King Abdullah II of Jordan to reaffirm the strong bilateral security partnership between the United States and Jordan, the Pentagon said on Saturday.

During the meeting at the Jordanian ambassador’s residence in Washington on Friday, the two leaders discussed a broad range of regional issues, according to Pentagon Spokesperson Dana White in a statement. Mattis thanked King Abdullah’s leadership and commitment to regional security and stability, and expressed appreciation for the Jordanian Armed Forces?’ role in the campaign to defeat the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Mattis also thanked Abdullah for “his unwavering support to a strong bilateral security partnership,” White said. King Abdullah, who earlier met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for a working lunch on Friday, is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on Monday.

Source: Kuwait News Agency