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The presidents of Israel and Jordan have met this past week to forge better ties between the two nations.

The Israel president’s office confirmed that Israel’s new president Isaac Herzog met King Abdullah II at his palace in the Jordanian capital, Amman after the latter invited him.

In a statement, the president’s office said the two leaders discussed a series of political and economic issues including energy and sustainability.

“Jordan is a very important country. I have immense respect for King Abdullah, a great leader, and a highly significant regional actor,” Herzog said.

Two months back Abdullah II and the Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, also met in secret following years of fraught relations under former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A week after the secret meeting, Jordan and Israel signed two breakthrough water and trade deals.

Sources said Israel and Jordan made peace in 1994 and have close security ties.

However, in recent years the diplomatic relations between the countries have been strained.

The strained relations were caused by tensions at the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem, and Israel’s expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

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