Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with his Jordanian counterpart King Abdullah on Thursday in his first official state visit to Jordan. The leaders, amid the growing threat they face from Islamic terrorism, discussed “boosting the brotherly and historic Jordanian-Egyptian ties and strengthening strategic cooperation,” a Jordanian government statement said.
El-Sisi has sought to crack down on the Islamic State-aligned terror groups in the Sinai Peninsula and on the Muslim Brotherhood, which he declared a terrorist organization. Abdullah has experienced increased tension with the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and also faces terror threats stemming from the instability in Iraq and Syria.
The U.S. Congress recently proposed the resumption of military aid to Egypt at the discretion of Secretary of State John Kerry for “national security” reasons. Reports indicate that Jordan, along with Israel, pushed for the aid to be reinstated.
Both Egypt and Jordan are U.S. allies, have strong regional partnerships with Gulf States like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and have peace treaties with Israel. During their meeting in Jordan, El-Sisi and Abdullah discussed possible ways to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Israel has allowed El-Sisi to beef up its military presence in the Sinai to combat terrorism, while the Jewish has worked closely with Abdullah to reduce tensions in Jerusalem surrounding the Temple Mount holy site.