Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Queen Rania are to make another trip to the White House to meet with United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania in a few days time.
Their Majesties will travel to the White House on 25 June. In a press release, the White House Press Secretary said, “Trump looks forward to reaffirming the strong bonds of friendship between the United States and Jordan. The leaders will discuss issues of mutual concern, including terrorism, the threat from Iran and the crisis in Syria, and working toward a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”
King Abdullah and Queen Rania were one of the first royals to meet the US President and First Lady in Washington D.C. They initially met in April 2017 when they travelled to the US capital with discussions focusing on the fight against ISIS in the Middle East, how the US would fund humanitarian aid in Jordan and ongoing peace talks in the area.
The King and President also held a press conference in the White House’s Rose Garden with King Abdullah remarking about the relationship between the United States and Jordan, “What I do want to say is how much we deeply appreciate the close relations we have with the United States, with you, Mr President, and with the American people. This is a strategic partnership that we keep very close to our hearts, and it is a partnership on so many levels that we will continue, I think, with the frank discussions that we had today to improve on as we face the challenges of the future.”
Queen Rania and the First Lady also visited the Excel Academy Public Charter School, and they participated in a session with teachers, parents, and students of the school. Among the discussions were the topics of teaching life skills, community engagement, and the schools demographics and mission. During the discussions, Queen Rania was very inquisitive about the programme and its curriculum as an advocate for children’s education.
This will be the second meeting with a foreign monarch this month for the Trumps. Earlier in June, the President and First Lady met Spain’s King Felipe and his wife, Queen Letizia.