President Joseph R. Biden spoke today with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan to consult on a range of regional and global issues.  The two leaders discussed in detail recent efforts to stem violence in Israel and the West Bank, including at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem.  The President welcomed recent steps to reduce tensions and expressed his hope that the final week of Ramadan will pass peacefully.  He underscored the need to preserve the historic status quo at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount, and recognized the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s role as the custodian of Muslim holy places in Jerusalem.  The King briefed the President on his recent engagements in the region and the President emphasized the U.S. commitment to the Middle East and regional stability.

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