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Pompeo meets Jordanian, Qatari FMs on ties, Middle East

WASHINGTON, Aug.  (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently met with Jordanian and Qatari foreign ministers Ayman Safadi and Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on bilateral ties and regional issues.

According to a statement issued by the State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, Pompeo on Wednesday met with Ayman Safadi, as the two officials discussed regional developments, "including efforts to bring peace and stability to Syria and the broader Middle East."

Pompeo also thanked Safadi for Jordan's continued role in helping to alleviate humanitarian suffering in southern Syria.

Nauert also said that Pompeo on Tuesday met with Qatar's Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

They affirmed their mutual interest in promoting security and stability in the region and their continued commitment to the strong bilateral relationship, said Nauert.

The two diplomats also discussed Qatar's ongoing support for peace in Afghanistan and for Iraq government formation.

U.S. media reported that the Trump administration plans to roll out its peace mediation plan that involves both Palestinians and Israelis recently.

However, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Islamic Hamas movement on Wednesday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump for suggesting removing the issue of Jerusalem from the Middle East peace talks.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently confirmed that the Palestinian side would neither hold talks with the Trump administration nor accept it as the peace mediator before it backs down on its decision on Jerusalem.

Jordan has urged the international community to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, which is a prerequisite for attaining peace and stability in the Middle East region.