Top U.S. military officer to visit Jordan, Israel

09:34, February 13, 2011      

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Mike Mullen, chairman of the U. S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, was heading to the Middle East on Saturday to visit Jordan and Israel.

Mullen will arrive in Jordan on Sunday for talks with senior Jordanian officials, and he will also meet King Abdullah II, according to U.S. military officials.

The chairman will then head to Israel, where he is scheduled to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and the outgoing head of the armed forces, Lieutenant- General Gabi Ashkenazi, on Sunday and Monday.

Mullen's visit to the Middle East came after Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak announced his resignation on Friday and charged the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces with the governance of the country.

Israel is very concerned about the unrest in Egypt as it fears the Egyptian transition of power might endanger the peace treaty signed between the two countries in 1979.

Egypt and Jordan are the only two Arab states to have signed peace treaties with Israel.

Source: Xinhua
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