Jordan’s King Abdullah II stated on Friday that he is in favor of a Middle Eastern NATO-style military alliance.
King Abdullah stated that a very explicit alliance pact will be necessary in an interview with CNBC.
“I would be one of the first people that would endorse a Middle East NATO, but the linkages to the rest of the world and how we fit in… has to be very, very clear. Otherwise, it confuses everybody,” he said.
The US has long pushed for closer military ties between Arab nations and Israel as a means of countering Iran and its nefarious activities.
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A recent bill filed by US senators in the Senate and Congress calls for a strategy to unify Middle Eastern air defenses against Iran.
Additionally, according to Israeli authorities, unnamed Arab nations and the US cooperate in air defense, and he said that this collaboration has already prevented Iranian assaults on the region.
Next month, US Vice President Joe Biden will go to the Middle East for the first time, including trips in Saudi Arabia, the West Bank, and Israel.
Iran and the improving ties between Israel and the Arab world are likely to be high on his agenda. The Abraham Accords, reached under the Trump administration between the UAE, Bahrain, and Israel, as well as the shared danger posed by Iran, have brought Arab nations and Israel closer together recently.
During Biden’s visit, certain “unique” projects, including naval task forces and other infrastructure projects “being done across borders,” would be unveiled, a senior US official told reporters last week.