Jordan King Meets U.S. Army Chief


King Abdullah II met on Sunday with the top U.S. military commander who is visiting key allies Jordan and Israel to reaffirm Washington's support following the fall of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak.

The king and U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen "discussed bilateral cooperation and a number of issues of common concern," a brief palace statement said without elaborating.

Mullen also held talks with his Jordanian counterpart Lieutenant General Meshaal al-Zabn, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

On Monday, Mullen is due to hold talks in Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and the country's military leaders.

Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby said on Friday Mullen would discuss "security issues of mutual concern and reassure both these key partners of the U.S. military's commitment to that partnership."

The visit comes after Mubarak stepped down Friday after 30 years, handing power to the military after more than a million people took to the streets in the culmination of an 18-day uprising in Egypt.