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Jordan's King: Iraq Crisis Could Affect the Entire Region

Jordan’s King Abdullah II meets American delegation, warns of effects of Iraq crisis.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 6/30/2014, 4:15 AM

Jordan's King Abdullah II
Jordan's King Abdullah II
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Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Sunday warned that the crisis in Iraq could affect the entire region, reports the Jordan Times.

Speaking with a delegation of lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives, the King renewed Jordan’s keenness on the territorial integrity of Iraq and its call for a comprehensive political solution to the ongoing Iraqi crisis, according to the report.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has started moving towards Baghdad, after conquering the second-largest Iraqi city of Mosul and several other northern cities this week in a lightning offensive.

King Abdullah recently requested urgent military aid from the U.S. and other Western countries, so as to hold off ISIS if it tries to move in on Jordan.

Last week, Jordan placed tanks, army vehicles, missile launchers and soldiers along its border with Iraq.

ISIS Islamists have publicly called for Jordanian King Abdullah's execution, declaring him a traitor to Islam who has joined forces with the West.

During his meeting with the American delegation, King Abdullah also discussed the Syrian crisis and its consequences on the Kingdom, which is home to about 1.3 million Syrian guests, including more than 600,000 registered refugees, a Royal Court statement said.

He reportedly called on the international community to increase its assistance to Jordan to enable it to continue its humanitarian efforts targeting the refugees.

On the peace process, the King called on the international community to support the Palestinian Authority-Israeli peace negotiations that can lead to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the pre-1967 borders with eastern Jerusalem as its capital, the statement said.