Press release

PM meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan: 1 March 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May and His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan discussed Syria, a two-state solution in the Middle East and Daesh.

Prime Minister Theresa May speaking with King Abdullah of Jordan at 10 Downing Street

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister met His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan at Downing Street today.

They both welcomed the historic and strong ties between the UK and Jordan and the close partnership we have developed over many years on areas such as security and defence.

On Syria, they noted the importance of securing a lasting ceasefire, and reiterated that political talks are essential to reaching a settlement that can bring about a long-term solution to the conflict.

They also discussed the vital regional role Jordan is playing in hosting Syrian refugees. The Prime Minister assured King Abdullah that the UK will continue to support Jordan in these efforts and encourage others to do the same, including through the Brussels conference in April.

On wider regional issues, the Prime Minister reinforced the UK’s commitment to working with all parties to bring about a two-state solution in the Middle East, and they agreed on the need for inclusive political settlements in Iraq and in Yemen as the only way to ensure long-term stability. They also discussed progress in the wider campaign to defeat Daesh.

They ended by committing to further deepen the bilateral partnership for mutual benefit, for example on intelligence and counter-radicalisation.

Published 1 March 2017