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Among the bilaterals Mme. Secretary held yesterday were her meetings with Jordan’s King Abdullah, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.  Here is a snip from a senior State Department official’s briefing on those meetings.

Background Briefing on the Secretary’s Bilateral Meetings With Jordanian King Abdullah II and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

Special Briefing

Senior State Department Official
Waldorf Astoria Hotel
New York City
September 26, 2012

MODERATOR: All right, everybody. Thank you for hanging with us for the late hour. We have with us [Senior State Department Official], hereafter Senior State Department Official, to talk to you both about the working lunch that the Secretary had with Jordanian King Abdullah, and also about the meeting that she just had with the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mr. Abbas. Take it away, [Senior State Department Official].

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: Okay. Well, thank you very much, and good evening. We might start with the working lunch that the Secretary had. It lasted about an hour. It was preceded by, oh, I don’t know, about 15-20 minutes of one-on-one time as well. It was over at the King’s Hotel at the Mandarin Oriental. And the participants in the lunch were, on our side, in addition to the Secretary, Acting Assistant Secretary Beth Jones, Special Envoy David Hale, (inaudible) the Policy Planning Chief, Jake Sullivan, on our side. And on their side it was the Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, the King’s Chief of Staff Imad Fakhoury, and their Ambassador to Washington Alia Bouran.

As you know, the relationship between Jordan and the United States is one of – it’s very, very close, and between the King and the Secretary and our leadership similarly one very close. So this was a good opportunity to compare notes about developments across the region that we and the King are both focused on.

I’d say that it really boiled down to three topics. One was Middle East peace and the Israeli-Palestinian set of issues. The second related to Syria, which of course is a major challenge for Jordan. And third, the internal reform agenda of the King and the people of Jordan.

On Middle East peace, the King has been a leader on this from the beginning. Most recently in January, he devoted a lot of time and energy and effort and showed great leadership and skill in bringing the parties together at a level below that of the leaders for a set of talks. He has been someone, along with the Foreign Minister, who has been in very close coordination with us on the way forward. We talked a bit about that, and certainly we understood that we can count on Jordan and his leadership when we need to, and we often do, to try to overcome the obstacles that are blocking the parties right now.

On Syria, I think that there was very lengthy discussion about the terrible situation there and the options to try to reverse that and change it. The humanitarian situation, which weighs very heavily on Jordan, was also a major theme – the refugee flows and the danger that there will be more to come into Jordan and the challenges and burdens that that poses on that country with its limited resources. The Secretary talked about what we could do to help the Jordanians bear that burden and to work with the international community and the UN and others to make sure that the resources were available for them to do that.

There was also a discussion, obviously, of the political situation there and how we would work together and work – and try to encourage the Syrian opposition to work together on a unity plan. And there was an agreement that we would be working and talking more about this on Friday when there is a Friends of the Syrian Opposition Ad Hoc meeting. So this is something that we’re both very much focused on. And of course, the Secretary made very clear our position on President Assad and the fact that he must go.

On the set of reform issues, the King was very upbeat and very optimistic about the direction things are going in and the pace at which they’re going in. Secretary Clinton welcomed the progress that has been made so far to broaden and deepen participation in the political process for all Jordanians, by all Jordanians, and expressed our support for pursuing that in the way that he described. That, in a nutshell, was the discussion with the Jordanians, so I move onto the Palestinians.

We had a meeting there with – at his hotel at the Grand Hyatt – that lasted for about half an hour, and then they had another 10 minutes or so one-on-one. In the larger meeting, participation on our side was Ambassador Susan Rice, Under Secretary of State Sherman, Michael Ratney, our Consul General in Jerusalem who came here for the meeting, Acting Assistant Secretary Beth Jones from the Near East Bureau, Special Envoy David Hale, and Policy Planning Director Jake Sullivan. On the Palestinian side the participants were their lead negotiator Saeb Erekat and key advisors to the President, Akram Haniyeh, Nabil Aburudainah, and their representative – the PLO representative in Washington, Maen Areikat.

The discussion also, as always I think with Abu Mazen, covered a whole range of issues. He is watching the region very closely and he has been a leader of the Palestinian people for a very long time, and his insights and observations are of great interest to us, and he shared them. They compared notes on really everything you could think of – Syria certainly, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Egypt, and all the changes going on around the Palestinians. And certainly, we recognize that these events reflect on the Palestinians and the choices that they have as they look at the future.

The Secretary also asked him about the situation in the West Bank and expressed her concern for what we’ve seen in terms of the financial and economic pressures and challenges that the Palestinian people are enduring and the Palestinian Authority trying to address. He went on at some length about that and about the difficulties.

We indicated that we are looking at every means we can to help the Palestinian Authority meet these financial challenges. There was a major event that we hold twice a year earlier this week. The Ad Hoc Liaison Committee met, chaired by the Norwegians and co-chaired by the United States and the EU, in which all the donors involved with the Palestinians came together and talked about ways in which they could help make a difference.
The Secretary also talked about our own assistance and the status of that as we work with our Congress to – the assistance package is now with the Hill, and her efforts to work with Congress so we could get that money to the Palestinian Authority, including a crucial $200 million in budget – direct budget support. And we also talked about what could be done on the ground, in the here and now, as Prime Minister Fayyad often calls it, to help overcome the difficulties.

We also, of course, turned to the Middle East peace process and the efforts that we’ve been working on to try to overcome the differences separating the parties, exchanged ideas on how to do that. And we certainly plan to continue our intensive work in that direction.

I think I’ll stop there….

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Dressed in a lovely new fitted jacket with bouffant sleeves, lovely hair freed from restraints,  the Secretary of State looked like a tiny doll standing next to her newly named Cultural Ambassador Kareem Abdul Jabbar.  (See previous post for the video.)  Later, she met with Jordan’s King Abdullah who clearly enjoys her company.

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Jordan Hosts Israeli, Palestinian, and Quartet Envoys Meetings

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
January 1, 2012


The Jordanian government announced today that Foreign Minister Judeh will host two meetings on January 3, one with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators and the Quartet envoys, and a second meeting between the Israeli and Palestinian representatives. We welcome and support this positive development. I applaud the efforts of the King and Foreign Minister Judeh to bring the parties together and encourage them to approach these meetings constructively. I have been in close contact with Foreign Minister Judeh and with Special Envoy David Hale.

When I met with the other Quartet principals on September 23rd we put forward a framework for resuming direct negotiations between the parties. We knew that progress toward this goal would not be easy so it is essential that both sides take advantage of this opportunity.

We are hopeful that this direct exchange can help move us forward on the pathway proposed by the Quartet. As the President and I have said before, the need for a lasting peace is more urgent than ever. The status quo is not sustainable and the parties must act boldly to advance the cause of peace.

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Remarks With Jordanian King Abdullah Before Their Meeting

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Ben Franklin Room
Washington, DC
May 16, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: It is such a personal pleasure, but also a very important occasion for me to welcome His Majesty here to the State Department. He is a strong and steady voice in the incredible changes that are going on around the world. He’s a great friend and partner to the United States. We count Jordan as a nation that we share many common interests with and we have pursued many common objectives. It’s also for me a great delight because of my personal regard for His Majesty and his leadership.

So, once again, we welcome you.

KING ABDULLAH: Thank you, Madam Secretary. I’m delighted to be back here in Washington. Again, we value the relationship with this country and with you specifically. We’re here in Washington to not only talk about our bilateral relations and the challenges that we face in the Middle East, but also this Arab Spring. That is a challenge for all of us to hopefully get it right and the role of the United States is going to be crucial how the Middle East moves in what direction, but also our discussions with you, Madam, and with the President, as we’re looking at ways of bringing Israelis and Palestinians to the peace table, because with all that’s going on in the Middle East, the core issue of the Middle East still is that, an Israeli – a Palestinian-Israeli (inaudible).


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Last night, Secretary Clinton met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Saudi King Abdullah at the Plaza in New York City. My kind and generous readers Lilly and Rachel shared an article and some pictures that I could not make visible on the thread. Since the Secretary was accompanied on this visit by her best fella, (and also because posting the pictures here is the only way I can make them visible), I decided they merited a post of their own. Enjoy. As I type, Mme. Secretary is en route to the Persian Gulf.

Here is the article Rachel shared.

Clintons congratulate king

Here is another that I found.

Clinton meets Lebanon PM, Saudi king in New York

Thank you, Lilly and Rachel!

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Clinton to meet Saudi King

Jan 7, 2011 6:37 AM | By Sapa-AFP

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah in New York Friday, where he is recovering from two back surgeries, says the State Department.

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Well I see no statements as yet, but plenty of pictures out of Ramallah and Amman today, so here is our Hillary looking very sunny.

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Here is a short video clip from yesterday.

Also a few photos. With Saudi FM Prince Saud Al Faisal

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Since she remains the Queen of so many Hearts, this, the day after Valentine’s Day, seems fitting.

From the Washington Post.

Clinton gets royal treatment at Saudi king’s retreat

By Glenn Kessler

Washington Post Staff Writer

Monday, February 15, 2010; 1:03 PM

RAWDAT KHURAIM, SAUDI ARABIA There’s nothing like having tea served by men with guns dangling on their shoulders.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday got the royal treatment, literally, when King Abdullah invited her and her entourage to visit him at his winter retreat here, about an hour’s drive north of Riyadh, the capital. Few visitors are invited to the king’s desert sanctuary, and reporters are almost never permitted. But the king not only allowed the media to venture inside his soaring black tent, but personally greeted each hack.

The royal surroundings — the result of the House of Saud’s autocratic control of the country’s oil wealth — are both spectacular and surprisingly banal.


And this from the New York Times.

February 15, 2010

A Royal Feast for Clinton in Saudi Arabia


RAWDAT KHURAYIM, Saudi Arabia — The king of Saudi Arabia had Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton over for a friendly lunch Monday here at his desert camp, northeast of Riyadh. In a gesture of informality, King Abdullah reached for his remote control and switched on a giant flat-screen TV as soon as they sat down to eat at the vast horseshoe-shaped table.

With sports scores and highlights from a soccer match blaring from the screen, the king and Mrs. Clinton chatted over a buffet of lamb, rice, hummus and other dishes. At times, they lapsed into silence and stared at the TV, which, as if on cue, covered Mrs. Clinton’s visit to Saudi Arabia.


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