Israel says defense chief met Jordan king

A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace shows Jordan's King Abdullah II (centre), accompanied by Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi (right), meeting with Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz (left) in the capital Amman on Jan 5, 2022. (YOUSEF ALLAN / JORDANIAN ROYAL PALACE / AFP)

JERUSALEM – Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz met Jordan's King Abdullah on Wednesday to discuss regional stability, Gantz's office said.

At peace since 1994, the neighbors' relations have long been strained by stagnant Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

Wednesday's talks took place in Jordan, according to the Israeli statement.

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