Saturday 19 May 2018 - 13:21

Rouhani, Jordan's king meet for 1st time in 15 years

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (L) shakes hands with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Istanbul, Turkey, May 18, 2018. (Photo by Tasnim)

Iran's Tasnim news agency reported the meeting between President Hassan Rouhani and Jordan's King Abdullah II in Istanbul on Friday.

In September 2003, Iran's then president Mohammad Khatami met with King Abdullah II in Tehran.

King Abdullah II is a pro-Western monarch but Amman's ties with the US and Saudi Arabia have recently been shaken over the issue of Palestine.

Riyadh's reported coziness to Israel has worried Jordan which is in charge of the major Muslim shrine complex on the Temple Mount, the al-Aqsa Mosque.  

The relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds has infuriated Jordan, the custodian of Muslim holy sites in the occupied city.

Jordan is also part of the US-led coalition that has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria and Iraq since 2014 without a UN mandate. The coalition has repeatedly been accused of killing civilians and failing to eliminate Daesh.
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