Israeli president, Jordan king hold secret talks
Israeli President Isaac Herzog met in secret with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman, he revealed on Saturday, against the backdrop of improving diplomatic ties between the two countries.
"Last week I met and had a very long conversation with the king of Jordan, I was in his palace, an entire evening. It was an excellent meeting," Herzog said in clips from an interview broadcast on Saturday on Israeli television.
The entire interview was set to be shown yesterday, the eve of the Jewish new year which begins this evening.
"Jordan is a very important country. I have immense respect for King Abdullah, a great leader and a highly significant regional actor," Herzog said in a statement issued by his office.
The statement spoke of a "warm meeting, held at the king's invitation", during which the two discussed "deep strategic issues".
"Among the things we discussed were the core issues in the dialogue between our states, including an agreement to import agricultural produce during the shemitah (agricultural sabbatical) year, energy issues, sustainability, and solutions to the climate crisis that we can advance together," the statement said.