WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden met with Jordan’s King Abdullah on the White Home on Monday (Feb 12) coming face-to-face with a longtime ally who has been calling for a Gaza ceasefire.
The assembly comes as Biden has change into more and more vocal in his demand that Israel not undertake a floor offensive in Gaza’s southern city of Rafah, with no plan to guard Palestinian civilians who’re massed there.
Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, and the White Home stated he harassed that “a army operation in Rafah mustn’t proceed with no credible and executable plan for making certain the security of and assist for the a couple of million individuals sheltering there.”
JORDAN’S KING WANTS CEASEFIRE
Earlier than embarking on a tour of Western capitals, Abdullah participated in an airdrop of humanitarian aid to Gaza, a transfer that highlighted his kingdom’s function in pushing Israel to cease limiting efforts to assist fend off sickness, starvation and hunger within the war-torn enclave.
The king, who has been vocal in calling for an finish to Israel’s marketing campaign, is anticipated to induce Biden to assist a right away ceasefire.
Biden’s workforce has been attempting to barter a pause within the combating to safe the discharge of hostages held by Hamas because the Palestinian militant group that governs Gaza launched an assault in southern Israel on Oct 7, killing 1,200 individuals.
Palestinian well being officers estimate that greater than 28,000 individuals in Gaza have been killed in Israel’s offensive in opposition to Hamas fighters.
A senior Biden administration official advised reporters on Sunday that Biden’s assembly with the king would concentrate on ending the warfare in Gaza.