Jordan Cancels Summit with Biden Amidst Rising Tensions in the Middle East

In an unforeseen turn of events, Jordan has pulled out of a planned summit with US President Joe Biden.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Jordan Cancels Summit with Biden Amidst Rising Tensions in the Middle East
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In an unforeseen turn of events, Jordan has pulled out of a planned summit with US President Joe Biden. This unexpected decision, revealed by Jordanian officials, comes amidst a backdrop of escalating tensions in the region.

The Rationale Behind the Cancellation

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi offered clarity on the sudden change in diplomatic engagements. In a statement, he explained, “Following consultations with our Palestinian and Egyptian brothers, and after a discussion with the United States, we decided not to hold this summit." The primary objective behind any such summit, Al-Safadi emphasized, would be to "stop the war, respect the humanity of the Palestinians, and deliver the aid they deserve”.

Furthermore, Al-Safadi referred to a distressing incident – a blast at a Gaza City hospital, which claimed the lives of hundreds. This tragic event, as reported by the Hamas-run health ministry, was labeled as the "Baptist Hospital massacre." He remarked, “Refraining from holding the summit is also due to the ongoing Israeli massacres against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip...

which came as a shock to everyone and cannot be tolerated”. The stance of the Jordanian kingdom was further cemented by their commitment to peace and the well-being of the Palestinian people. The Foreign Minister reiterated, "We wanted the summit to...

stop the war, respect the humanity of the Palestinians, and deliver the aid they deserve."

Implications for Broader Diplomacy

With Jordan backing out of the meeting, questions loom about President Biden's scheduled engagements with other leaders, including Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Current indications suggest that these meetings might face similar uncertainties. Al-Safadi did not mince words when expressing his concerns over the ongoing conflict. He strongly urged the international community to intervene, calling the unending bloodshed a “stain on humanity”.

In this volatile milieu, the cancellation underscores the challenges the Biden administration faces in navigating the intricacies of Middle Eastern politics. As nations grapple with deep-seated issues, diplomatic maneuvers like these become pivotal indicators of the broader geopolitical climate.

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