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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (right) shakes hands with Jordan’s King Abdullah II (MANDEL NGAN, AFP/Getty Images)

Washington – Following his meeting on Monday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, US President Donald Trump is expected to meet Wednesday with Jordan King Abdullah II at the White House.

Discussions will focus on cooperation in fighting terrorist organizations, the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and the situation in Syria.

On Tuesday, the Jordanian monarch met with the Egyptian president, with whom he discussed regional and international efforts to combat terrorism within a comprehensive strategy, according to Egypt Presidential Spokesman Ambassador Alaa Youssef.

The two sides reaffirmed the need to reach a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian Cause based on the two-state solution and the Arab Peace Initiative.

Also on Tuesday, King Abdullah discussed with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson means to bolster the “strategic partnership and cooperation between Jordan and the US, and the latest developments in the Middle East”, the Jordanian Royal Court said in a statement.

The two officials reviewed efforts to revive the Middle East peace process, with King Abdullah stressing the need to resume serious and effective Palestinian-Israeli negotiations based on the two-state solution and the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.

Meanwhile, the meeting between Trump and Sisi on Monday focused on fighting terrorism and the need to find a last and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The US president also praised Sisi’s achievements on the economic, political and security levels.

Addressing reporters following the summit, Trump said he strongly backed Sisi’s leadership and that they would work together to fight terrorism.

“I just want to let everybody know that we are very much behind President Sisi; he has done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation,” Trump said.

For his part, Sisi said he appreciated that Trump has been “standing very strong … to counter this evil ideology”.