From: Nadia Bilbassy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 1:16 PM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO ; Barnes, Desiree N. EOP/WHO ; Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO
Subject: Foreign pool report King Abdualla II and POTUS
The pool entered the oval around 11:45 the President welcomed the king stressing the values of " moderation and voice of reason " he represents.
The bulk of their discussions seemed to focus on the crisis in syria and the new accord and how to fight ISIS , both leaders expressed cautious optimism on the implementation of the accord going forward .
The fight against ISIS was also discussed and the president acknowledged the challenges ahead .
The refugees crisis which Jordan bears a great responsibly for and a big financial burden were mentioned , POTUS assured the King of his appreciation and support .
The two leaders discussed the Israeli Palestinian negotiation, or lack of it, the President thanked the King for Jordan's efforts at al Haram Al Sharief and calming the tension , he also said that they need to "give people a sense of possibility and hope instead of despair ".
The King thanked the US and the president for its continuous support , esp the financial in dealing with the Syrian refugees crisis which the President described as an important role " for the region and the world "
The King also expressed hope that "the discussion between the US and Russia regarding Syria will move in the right direction " but he acknowledged the challenges .
The Predisent was asked about the Supreme Court nominee by Jeff Mason of Reuters in which he answered at length and my US colleague pooler will sent to you .
I asked the King about the syria accord and the cession of hostilities and the current US Jordanian cooperation amidst the rising challenges in the Mid East . The King described the level of of coordination as " excellent" , he praised the US leadership in the fight against ISIS and said that he hoped that ISIS presence on the Jordanian border will be curtailed . He also express some hope that this Syrian accord will go forward in order to stop the bloodshed .
While fighting ISIS , the King talked about a political solution to end the crisis in tandem with the US position .
Spotted at the oval on the Jordanian side , were Crown Prince , Hussain Ben Abdullah , Foreign Minister ,Nasser Judeh, Jordan Embassador to the US , Ms Allia Buran , the head of the King office , Jaffar Hasan , and the Chief of the Hashemite Royal Court, Fayez Al Tarawneh .
On the US side , VP , Joe Biden, national security advisor Susan Rice .
The King's visit to the US will be three days in total . He will come back end of March to attend the Nuclear Summit in DC.
Full transcript will come soon .
Nadia Bilbassy -Charters
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