Under the Dome

Holding on Boehner trip for visit with King Abdullah in Jordan

U.S. Rep. George Holding, a Republican from Raleigh, was part of a delegation led by House Speaker John Boehner to Jordan on Sunday where they met with King Abdullah II at Beit al Urdun Palace.

The lawmakers also met with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and U.S. Ambassador Alice Wells and senior embassy officials, Boehner’s office said in a press release on Monday.

The statement said that the discussions included joint efforts to defeat the Islamic state group, the international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program and violence by groups aided by Iran, apparently a reference to the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Boehner issued the following comments on Monday:

“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. 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.”

The delegation was made up of Republicans who serve on committees in charge of oversight of military and anti-terrorism affairs. Holding is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and its oversight subcommittee.

Earlier in the trip, in northern England on Friday, the delegation met with British Treasury chief George Osborne. He hosted them at a working lunch at Peover Hall, an Elizabethan house that was requisitioned in World War II for use by Gen. George Patton and the U.S. 3rd Army to prepare for the D-Day landings in 1944. Osborne, who has been in charge of the British economy since 2010, also is a conservative member of Parliament.

Boehner, in a press release on Saturday, said the meetings were about U.S. and British efforts to defeat the Islamic State group, the state of the British economy and “the importance of Western leadership in the world.”