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US President Donald Trump meets with Jordan’s King Abdullah II. Petra Jordan News Agency photo

New York- US President Donald Trump has lauded the role of Jordan under the leadership of King Abdullah II in hosting Syrian refugees, and praised the strong ties between the two countries.

“I just want to thank you for everything you’ve done, in terms of the refugees and taking care of people that — who knows what would have happened without you?” Trump told the king during bilateral talks on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York on Wednesday.

In his turn, King Abdullah II praised US support for his country “in these difficult times and the special bond between our two nations.”

The two sides discussed how to accelerate the defeat of ISIS and other terrorist groups.

“Terrorism is a scourge around the world, but I think Jordan will always stand beside you and your country. And we will overcome,” the King said.

In his first address to the General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump stressed that it would be better to assist refugees in their hosting communities rather than resettling them.

According to the United Nations, Jordan hosts some 738,000 refugees, the majority of whom are Syrians.