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Press Availability with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi

Press Availability with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi


SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Foreign Minister. Thank you, Foreign Minister Safadi. It’s an honor to meet with you today. I’m looking forward to meeting with His
Majesty King Abdullah in just a little bit. I’m very pleased to be back here in Jordan,
especially as our countries celebrate our 70th anniversary this year of diplomatic relations. I was here – I was here in this room on
my very first trip as Secretary of State. I came here before I went to my office in
Washington. FOREIGN MINISTER SAFADI: That’s true. SECRETARY POMPEO: Indeed. It’s an indication, too, as my first stop
on a multi-country trip, of the importance of the relationship between our two countries. Jordan is one of the United States’ enduring
strategic partners in the region. It’s one of the many reasons we’re proud
to help support you through the five-year foreign assistance MOU, of which you spoke. It’s worth over $6 billion, and it will
be an important part of strengthening our relationship for the years ahead. Your nation plays a critical role in regional
security and stability, including through its efforts to peacefully resolve the Syrian
conflict, fight the spread of radical Islamic terrorism, and countering the Iranian regime’s
malign activities in the region and the world. We had a good conversation today. I reaffirmed our commitment under President
Trump to working with King Abdullah’s government on many of our shared priorities. The United States remains firmly committed
to Jordan’s domestic stability and security, and we will undertake that work in a true
spirit of partnership. Just last year, our nations unveiled a new
counterterrorism training center less than 50 miles south of where we stand even as I
speak. The State Department, too, was proud to fund
and construct that facility through our Antiterrorism Assistance Program. It is sharpening our terror-fighting tools
and helping Jordan build its already strong capacity to fight terrorism. We also look forward to working continually
to counter Tehran’s malign influence in the region. Jordan made a powerful statement by recalling
its ambassador to Tehran last year in protest of the Iranian regime’s flagrant transgressions
of security and sovereignty. I also want to thank the Government of Jordan
for its helping in – help to combat Iran’s attempt to evade sanctions. And finally, I also expressed today my deep
gratitude for King Abdullah’s leadership. He has continued to establish Jordan as a
durable partner and leader in the region. We’re pleased to see your prime minister
recently visit Iraq, as well as Iraqi President Salih’s visit to Jordan in November. We welcome this kind of engagement between
nations of the region and we hope to see it replicated elsewhere. His majesty the king is also undertaking important
domestic initiatives, including economic reforms and protection of religious rights. And we know Jordan is also hosting over 650,000
thousand Syrian refugees, and we thank you and your people for their generosity. On behalf of President Trump, we look forward
to maintaining our joint efforts here in the Middle East, and I want to thank you again
for hosting me here today. It’s great to be back.

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