King Abdullah of Jordan to Meet Biden at White House

President Biden on Monday was set to meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House, a critical visit for a foreign leader seeking to demonstrate that his country is back in favor with the United States after four years of a deeply troubled relationship with former President Donald J. Trump.

During his 22 years in power, King Abdullah has been seen by American presidents as a moderate, reliable ally in the Middle East, often playing the role of envoy from the Arab world in Washington.

That special relationship ended with Mr. Trump, who favored working with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States instead.

“Trump’s departure is a huge relief to him,” said Martin S. Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and a former special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. “Jared Kushner developed a bromance with M.B.S., and Jordan was essentially left out in the cold,” he added about Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

King Abdullah, for instance, was not consulted on the Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan, which in its original version provided for annexation of the Jordan Valley. And King Abdullah was also worried that American aid to Jordan was in jeopardy during the Trump era.

The United States has been the largest provider of assistance to Jordan since 1994, when Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel, according to Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen, direct of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict program at the United States Institute of Peace.

The king and Mr. Biden, in contrast, have a long friendship. King Abdullah is the first Arab head of state to visit the White House since Mr. Biden took office, a sign that the United States wants to elevate Jordan once again to its traditional role as a regional peacemaker. King Abdullah’s wife, Queen Rania, is also accompanying him to the White House on Monday.

The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said in a statement that the meeting will provide an opportunity to “showcase Jordan’s leadership role in promoting peace and stability in the region.”

Mr. Biden has also indicated that he plans to take a tougher stance on Saudi Arabia.

Ahead of his visit to the White House, King Abdullah participated in a secret meeting earlier this month with the new Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennett, the first summit between the countries’ leaders in three years, according to regional media reports. The Jordanian leader’s relationship with Mr. Bennett’s predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, had been deeply damaged.

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