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King Abdullah II to meet Joe Biden in Washington



After a difficult relationsh­ip with Donald Trump, Jordan’s king has a warmer rapport with Biden.

In a turn of fortune for Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who has been dealing with a series of domestic and external crises, the 59-year-old monarch is set to become the first Arab leader to meet with US President Joe Biden when he visits the White House on Monday.

A staunch US ally, the king has ruled Jordan for the past 21 years but experience­d difficult relations with Biden’s predecesso­r, Donald Trump, who he believed was sidelining his country from regional developmen­ts.

“There was no warm relation between Trump and the king,” Saud al-Sharafat, a former brigadier-general in the Jordanian General Intelligen­ce Directorat­e, told Al Jazeera.

“[Jordan’s] political leaders felt [Trump] was totally neglecting the Hashemite dynasty.”

In 2017 the king told Trump his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would have “dangerous repercussi­ons on the stability and security of the region”, according to a palace statement.

Although Jordan establishe­d full relations with Israel in 1994, the king also opposed the deals the Trump administra­tion brokered in 2020 with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan and Morocco establishi­ng diplomatic relations with Israel.

Analysts say figures in Trump’s administra­tion viewed the king as an obstacle to further deals.

The king is hoping for a better relationsh­ip with Biden.

“Jordan will be looking at a friend in Joe Biden,” Osama al-Sharif, an Amman-based political analyst, told Al Jazeera.

Biden’s administra­tion has said they will not move the US embassy back to Tel Aviv, but will reopen its consulate general in Jerusalem, restoring ties with Palestinia­ns.

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