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Jordan’s King Abdullah II chats with British Prime Minister Theresa May as they visit a military base in Amman suburbs, Jordan April 3, 2017. Bashar Alaeddin/Jordanian Royal Palace/Handout via Reuters

Amman – Jordan’s King Abdullah II met on Monday with visiting UK Prime Minister Theresa May, with whom he discussed bilateral relations, as well as international and regional developments, a statement by the Jordanian Royal Court said.

Talks also touched on promoting cooperation in various fields, especially military coordination and fighting terrorism.

According to the statement, King Abdullah expressed appreciation for UK’s continuous support to Jordan, especially with regards to the assistance provided to help the Middle Eastern country handle the burdens of the huge refugee inflow.

The King and the British premier also discussed current regional issues, mainly the Middle East peace process and the Syrian crisis.

During the meeting, King Abdullah conveyed his condolences to the premier for the loss of lives in the recent terrorist attack that broke out outside the UK parliament in London, stressing his condemnation of such a heinous act.

For her part, May asserted her country’s high regard of Jordan’s efforts to support peace and stability in the Middle East.

King Abdullah, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army, and May visited the command of the rapid reaction forces, accompanied by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat.

The Monarch and the UK official were briefed on the unit’s duties, tasks, and training programs, in addition to the joint training program, which is part of the cooperation between the two kingdoms.

They also toured the facility and had a firsthand look at the vehicles and weapons used at the unit, “which is a flexible, self-adapted military force characterized with high mobility and rapid response capabilities,” according to the Royal Statement.

May arrived in Amman on Monday for a three-day trip that would also take her to Saudi Arabia.

In Jordan, May is expected to announce that British military trainers will be sent to help the country’s air force fight ISIS terrorist organization.

The British premier will be in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and Wednesday for talks focused on trade and investment, as Britain begins the process of leaving the European Union.

Ahead of her departure to Amman, May said that it was “clearly in the UK’s security and prosperity interests to support Jordan and Saudi Arabia”.