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King of Jordan tells Pence US must ‘rebuild trust’

King Abdullah hopes to have “candid and frank” discussions with the visiting vice president.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has appealed to US Vice President Mike Pence to “rebuild trust and confidence” after the Trump administration’s recent decision to designate Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

King Abdullah, a staunch US ally, said in Amman that he hopes to have “candid and frank” discussions with the visiting vice president.

The Jerusalem decision has infuriated the Palestinians, who accuse the US of siding with Israel and say President Trump cannot serve as a mediator.

King Abdullah noted that the US decision was not part of a “comprehensive settlement” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He said the US now has a “major challenge to overcome”.

Mr Pence says the US is “committed to restarting the peace process”.

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