The Israeli President, Isaac Herzog, spoke about his secret meeting with King Abdullah II in the capital of Jordan, Amman. The meeting was held within the framework of refining diplomatic ties between the two countries, according to Israeli officials.
In clips from an interview broadcast on Saturday on Israel’s local television, Herzog expressed that, “Last week I met and had a very long conversation with the King of Jordan. I was in his palace for an entire evening. It was an excellent meeting.”
Elsewhere, in a statement issued by the Israeli President’s office, Herzog stated: “Jordan is a very important country. I have immense respect for King Abdullah, a great leader and a highly significant regional actor.”
According to the statement, the meeting took place at King Abdullah II’s palace, with the two leaders discussing a series of political and economic issues, including energy and sustainability, at the invitation of the Jordanian King.
“Among the things we discussed were the core issues in the dialogue between our states, including an agreement to import agricultural produce, energy issues, sustainability, and solutions to the climate crisis in which we can advance together in,” the statement further said.
Diplomatic relations have been strained between the two countries over tensions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, and Israel’s expansion of illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.