US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met in Amman with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi. The two discussed US foreign aid, the tensions between Iran and Israel and the Iranian presence in Syria.
Ayman Safadi and Rex Tillerson in Washington in 2018 Photo Credit: U.S. Department of State/Wikicommons
On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson continued his Middle East tour with a meeting in Amman with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi. Tillerson also met with the King Abdullah II of Jordan.
Tillerson assured the Jordanians that the US is committed to peace in the Middle East and spoke about the US peace plan that remains “in the works.” Tillerson reportedly signed a security agreement with Jordan worth over $6 billion and commended Amman for its role in maintaining regional stability.
Tillerson also spoke about the US concerns of the rising tensions between Israel and Iran after the IDF shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated Israeli airspace. Tillerson stated that Iran must withdraw its forces from Syria.
Despite otherwise very strong relations between the US and Jordan, the relationship has taken a hit since US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Amman is directly affected by this decision as Jordan’s Hashemite dynasty is the guardian of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem.