(MENAFN - Jordan Times) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday expressed appreciation for Jordan's assistance to Syrian refugees.
During talks with Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh in Washington, Clinton commended the Kingdom's efforts to host displaced Syrians.
The two diplomats called for a political solution to the unrest in Syria through the peace plan of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
During the talks, the two officials also addressed means to revive peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis and to capitalise on the outcome of the exploratory talks held in Amman between the two sides.
Judeh reiterated that the Palestinian cause is at the core of the unrest in the Middle East, stressing Jordan's rejection of Israel's unilateral measures which pose an obstacle to peace.
The foreign minister briefed Clinton on the steps that Jordan has taken to achieve political reform, highlighting amendments to the Constitution and the establishment of the Independent Elections Commission and a constitutional court, Petra reported.
Clinton voiced Washington's support to what has been achieved so far in reforms, announcing additional financial assistance for Jordan to be channelled to the Treasury to help the country overcome the difficult economic conditions it is going through.
The additional assistance will be added to annual US assistance to Jordan.
At a joint press meeting, Clinton stressed the importance of coordination between the US and Jordan on current issues, commending Jordan's leading role in the region.
Also on Tuesday, Judeh met with members from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and briefed them on the latest developments regarding the situation in Syria and the peace process.
He briefed them on Jordan's reform drive, stressing the Kingdom's support for dialogue to arrive at a consensus over domestic issues.
During his visit to Washington, Judeh is scheduled to meet with several US officials, senators and think tank leaders.