Jordan king to visit US, 3 days after Trump’s refugee ban
AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s King Abdullah II is to begin a working visit to Washington on Monday, three days after President Donald Trump temporarily banned entry to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspended the refugee resettlement program.
State media have said the king would meet with administration officials and members of Congress, but did not mention a White House visit.
Pro-Western Jordan isn’t among the countries slapped with the 90-day travel ban, imposed over security concerns, but views refugee resettlement to the US and other countries as a way of easing its own burden; Jordan hosts more than 650,000 displaced Syrians.
Analyst Fahed Khitan said Sunday that a possible US shift in the military campaign against Islamic State extremists will likely be an issue. Jordan belongs to a US-led anti-IS coalition.
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