Israeli Defense Minister meets Jordan's King in Amman
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz (File Photo/AFP)

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz met, on Tuesday, with King Abdullah II at the Royal Palace, Amman, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, according to the official Israeli Foreign Ministry website.

The official Israeli Broadcasting Corporation said: “Defense Minister Benny Gantz met, on Tuesday, with Jordan’s King Abdullah, at his palace in the Jordanian capital, Amman.”

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She added, “The meeting dealt with security tensions in the region, ahead of the month of Ramadan, which will begin in the coming days.”

And she continued, “Gantz assured the king the importance of maintaining stability and calm, and the need to fight terrorism, especially against ISIS.”

Yesterday, the King of Jordan visited the West Bank and met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation said that Gantz, in his meeting with the Jordanian king, outlined “the steps that Israel will take to preserve freedom of worship in Jerusalem and the West Bank, and the importance of security coordination (between the Palestinian and Israeli security services).”

In addition, the two discussed additional civic steps in the interest of improving the lives of Palestinians, while preserving Israel’s security interests.

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The Jordanian authorities did not issue a comment about the meeting until 11:30 GMT.

This is the second meeting between Gantz and the King of Jordan this year, after the previous meeting was held in January.

Earlier, Tuesday, the Israel Broadcasting Corporation said that the Israeli Minister of Internal Security, Omer Bar-Lev, secretly visited Jordan last week, where he met with Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.

She added: “The meeting discussed the security tension with the Palestinians, and the facilities that the Palestinians requested from Israel, during the month of Ramadan.”

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