Biden to host Jordan king next week to discuss Gaza
The meeting comes as the United States and regional powers try to broker a ceasefire in exchange for the release of hostages from Gaza, amid hopes of a longer-term solution.
The two leaders will "discuss the ongoing situation in Gaza and efforts to produce an enduring end to the crisis," White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday in a statement.
They also will talk about the "US effort to support the Palestinian people including through enhanced humanitarian assistance into Gaza and a vision for a durable peace to include a two-state solution with Israel's security guaranteed."
The Jordanian king will be accompanied by Queen Rania for the visit to the White House, which comes as the United States and Jordan mark 75 years of diplomatic relations, Jean-Pierre said.
It will be the first time Biden and Abdullah have met since the start of the war on October 7.
Biden was meant to travel to Jordan for talks with the king when he visited Israel less than two weeks after Oct. 7, but the meeting was canceled after an Israeli strike on a Gaza hospital killed dozens of people and caused anger across the Arab world.
Biden later backed Israel's account that the strike was caused by a malfunctioning Palestinian rocket.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Abdullah in Amman in January. The Jordanian monarch urged the top diplomat to push for a ceasefire in Gaza and end the humanitarian crisis there.