Boehner delegation discusses terror threats, Iran with Jordanian royalty

U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (left) is welcomed by His Majesty King Abdullah II and Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah Sunday in Jordan. | Cortesy of the Royal Hashemite Court
A U.S. delegation of lawmakers led by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) visited Jordan over the weekend to discuss Iranian-backed violence and terror threats with the nation's royalty, Boehner's office said on Monday.

The group met with His Majesty King Abdullah II, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, and other officials and embassy staff, including U.S. Ambassador Alice Wells.

Regional trends were the topic of the discussions, including violence caused by allies of Iran and spreading terrorism threats. Iran's nuclear program was also discussed, specifically the current negotiations and their place amid national security challenges.

“America’s ability to lead in the world depends on Jordan’s ability to remain a stabilizing force in the Middle East, and we could not ask for a more solid partner," Boehner said after the meeting. "Every issue we addressed – and there were many – was underlined by mutual trust and respect. We share the belief that defeating ISIL and stopping the spread of the terrorist threat will require a comprehensive approach. That means, in addition to security responses to the instability and violence, we have to improve our strategies to counter the economic and social drivers of radicalization. King Abdullah is a good friend to the Congress and the American people, and we are grateful to him and his people for welcoming us at such a critical hour.”