Amman – Jordan’s King Abdullah Biden was the first Arab leader to visit the White House and analysts say the visit helped re-establish ties with the kingdom – a key Middle East ally for Washington – the former president shook during the tenure of Donald Trump.
Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told VOA that there are several meetings between King Abdullah and top US officials that underscore US support not only for Jordan, but for its benevolent ruler and his position.
Observers say Abdullah, traditionally a key broker on the Israel-Palestinian issue, found his position squeezed by the Trump administration’s so-called “Deal of the Century” because the arrangement did not include a two-state solution to the conflict. .
Jordan also got its role as a custodian of Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Then there were domestic and regional issues complicating the equation. In April, a royal aid, an envoy and the king’s half-brother, Prince Hamza, was charged with an alleged conspiracy with Saudi Arabia to overthrow Abdullah. Riedel says a new chapter is being written in a very complicated relationship.
“It’s pretty much a reset after the very tough Trump years. Again, this spring has added urgently to the need to restart the relationship by discovering the conspiracy. The people of Jordan are public on the role of the Saudis in supporting the plot. don’t want to discuss, but it should be a matter of serious concern to them and it should be an area of serious concern to Americans too. A US ally trying to destabilize another US ally is not helpful And very dangerous,” Riedel said.
Meanwhile, American academic Curtis Ryan, who focused on Jordan, told Dubai’s The National newspaper that “Jordan and its allies seek the new three-way alignment or axis with Iraq and Egypt as an alternative power center in Arab politics.” Let’s see which non-Gulf voices are at the forefront of Arab politics.” In the past, the three “acted as a united front in dealing with Gulf allies on aid, oil and investment,” he said.
Riedel pointed to Abdullah’s visit on 19 July and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s visit to Baghdad as a “positive step” to limit Iranian influence there.
“The king has been the most energetic Arab leader ever in trying to support a stable Iraqi government. This summit in Iraq, Jordan and Baghdad, Egypt, marks the first time Sunni Arabs have met in some of the 18 years since the fall of Saddam. – that they have actually done something not only to stabilize Iraq, but to ward off Iranian influence. They have a notorious, especially Saudi, [have] It did so little,” Riedel said.
Riedel said both the US and Jordan “want to be available to US troops, especially in the triangle where Jordan, Iraq and Syria come together to provide stability there.”
Analysts also believe that Jordan may house US troops after withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan. Jordan made public a defense agreement with the US in March that allows free entry of US forces, aircraft and vehicles into the kingdom.