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King to visit Moscow for talks with Putin

By JT - Feb 18,2013 - Last updated at Feb 18,2013

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah will visit Moscow on Tuesday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on bilateral relations and regional issues, a Royal Court statement said.

During his visit to the Kingdom in June, Putin dubbed Jordan a “key partner” of Russia, and commended Jordan’s proactive role in the region.

Meanwhile, His Majesty received US Senator Marco Rubio on Monday, who is currently visiting the Kingdom.

During the meeting, the King and the US lawmaker discussed means to enhance bilateral relations and the latest developments in the Middle East.

The King returned to Jordan on Sunday after a four-day private visit.

The King also received a delegation of senior officers from the US National Defence University, chaired by Gen. Joseph P. Hoar, USMC (Ret).

Currently in the Kingdom as part of a regional tour, the delegates were briefed on regional peace efforts and the latest developments in Syria.

The Monarch also highlighted several current regional and international issues.

Royal Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh and US Ambassador to Jordan Stewart Jones attended the meeting.

Also on Monday, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh met with Rubio and discussed bilateral ties and the latest regional developments.

Judeh briefed the US lawmaker about Jordan’s reform process, pointing to the consultations the Royal Court is holding with deputies to form Jordan’s first parliamentary government.

For his part, Rubio described the Kingdom’s reform process as a “success story” that is highly appreciated worldwide.

The two sides also underlined the need to push the peace process in the Middle East forward and exert all possible efforts to resume peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis, reviewing Jordan’s efforts in this regard.

Judeh highlighted the key role Washington can play in pushing the peace process forward, pointing out that all final status issues, including Jerusalem, borders, water and refugees are top priorities for Jordan.

The two sides also reviewed the developments in Syria, calling for a peaceful solution to end the bloodshed there.

In this context, Judeh briefed Rubio about the humanitarian aid Jordan offers to Syrian refugees, calling on the international community to help the Kingdom in this mission.

Rubio voiced his country’s appreciation of Jordan’s efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region and its humanitarian assistance to the Syrian refugees.

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