Jordan's king has expressed enthusiasm and support for U.S. President Donald Trump's policies toward the Middle East.
"I am very delighted for your vision and holistic approach to all the challenges in the region," King Abdullah II said during a joint press conference with Trump at the White House on Wednesday, according to Al Jazeera.
The king praised Trump's "very, very hard" work toward brokering peace between Palestine and Israel, expressing optimism that the issue – which has not been resolved for more than 70 years – would finally find a resolution under Trump's leadership.
"I think we will be successful, I hope to be successful," King Abdullah said.
Trump echoed the king's optimism, saying that: "Working together, the United States and Jordan can help bring peace and stability to the Middle East and in fact to the entire world."
Trump's position on Palestine has already drawn controversy
Departing from decades of U.S. foreign policy, Trump said in February that he wouldn't mind a one-state – as opposed to a two-state – solution to bring peace between Palestinians and Israelis.
"I’m looking at two-state and at one-state, and I like the one that both parties like... I can live with either one," Trump said, during a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"I thought the two-state [solution] looked easier for a while," he said, but explained that he would leave the final solution up to Palestinian and Israeli negotiators.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas issued a statement stressing Palestine's commitment to a two-state solution "that secures ending the Israeli occupation and [will] establish the Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital."
Trump on Middle East conflicts and refugees
Trump's positions on the Middle East have been confusing and have shifted over the course of his campaign and his election.
When discussing Syria in the past, Trump often expressed support for keeping President Bashar Al Assad in power, while increasing the fight against extremist groups such as ISIS. But in the wake of a recent chemical attack, which many have blamed on the Syrian government, Trump has said his views on Assad have changed.
“I will tell you that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me – big impact,” Trump said, according to The Guardian.
“My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much … You’re now talking about a whole different level," he said.
Trump has also intensified U.S. military strikes in Iraq, Syria and Yemen since taking office. Under his short tenure as commander-in-chief, the U.S. military has perpetrated its largest-ever civilian massacres in Iraq and Yemen.
While Trump has made efforts to block refugees from war-torn Middle Eastern countries from coming to the U.S., he said the U.S. will provide more aid for Jordan, which is hosting hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians and Iraqis.
"This aid will help countries like Jordan host refugees until it is safe for them to return home," Trump said
This is King Abdullah's second meeting with Trump
Jordan's king became the first head of state from the Arab world to meet face-to-face with Trump following his inauguration.
King Abdullah and Queen Rania attended Trump's prayer breakfast in Washington D.C. in the beginning of February, before meeting with the U.S. president.
At the time, Trump told King Abdullah that the U.S. is committed to the "stability, security and prosperity" of Jordan and said that the kingdom is a “model of tolerance and moderation."