Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saudi Arabia this week intensified its anti-terrorism efforts with a series of high-level meetings with foreign officials to discuss the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and ways to combat the group.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz met with King of Jordan Abdullah II on Wednesday to discuss bilateral cooperation and the latest regional developments.
The King of Jordan arrived in Riyadh as part of an official visit to the Kingdom and met with senior Saudi officials including Crown Prince Muqrin Bin Abdulaziz.
King Salman and King Abdullah II “discussed aspects of cooperation between the two countries in different fields in addition to ways of enhancing the interests of the two countries and peoples. They also discussed the latest developments in the Middle East,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Petra, the state-owned Jordanian news agency, confirmed that the two world leaders explicitly discussed counter-terrorism efforts in the region, adding that the discussions “aimed to cement Jordanian-Saudi ties on a number of Middle East issues.”
“The two leaders stressed the need to intensify efforts to confront terrorism and extremist organizations and address whatever targets Islam’s image and values,” the Petra report said.
Jordan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Jamal Shameyleh told Asharq Al-Awsat: “This visit is seeking to strengthen the historical bilateral ties between our two countries.”
He confirmed that the two Arab leaders discussed the latest developments in Syria, particularly relating to the fight against terrorism.
Also on Wednesday, Saudi Interior Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Naif met with British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond to discuss anti-ISIS efforts, as well as the latest developments in Yemen.
The Deputy Crown Prince is scheduled to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron later on Thursday to discuss anti-terrorism efforts and the latest developments in the region, including Syria and Yemen.