U.S. House Speaker McCarthy visits Jordan, meets with King Abdullah II
Visit is part of McCarthy’s first trip abroad since becoming House Speaker
U.S. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy led a 19-member bipartisan delegation to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on Saturday. While there, the group met with Jordanian King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II.
“Jordan is the very first country I chose to visit as speaker,” McCarthy said. “There’s a reason for that. They are a strategic ally in the Middle East and share America’s commitment to peace, prosperity – and most importantly – stability in the region.”
King Abdullah thanked the U.S. for its support of Jordan and spoke about needing to make a greater effort at finding a political solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution.
McCarthy’s meeting with Jordan’s top officials was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi, Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan, and U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Henry Wooster.
In January, McCarthy met with King Abdullah II during his visit to the United States, where he hosted a bipartisan leadership conference to discuss issues between the U.S. and Jordan.
McCarthy and his Congressional delegation will reportedly arrive in Israel on Sunday, where he will address the Knesset plenum on Monday, making him the second U.S. Speaker of the House to address the Israeli parliament since Newt Gingrich in 1998.