Saudi king calls for meeting in Mecca over Jordan crisis

RIYADH, June 9, 2018 (XINHUA) : Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
called on Saturday for a meeting in Mecca with leaders of Jordan, Kuwait and
the Abu Dhabi crown prince on Sunday over the crisis in Jordan, official
Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The Saudi king made a phone call to King Abdullah II of Jordan, Kuwaiti
Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, SPA said.

They all agreed to hold the meeting to discuss means of supporting Jordan
to overcome its current economic crisis.

The potential meeting called by the Saudi king aims to protect Jordan from
the disastrous fates of other Arab countries, especially war-torn Syria.

Jordan has witnessed protests nationwide after the government announced a
controversial tax bill, leading to the resignation of the former Jordanian
prime minister and his cabinet.

The newly appointed Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said in a
statement that a consensus that the tax bill should be withdrawn has been
reached after he consulted members of both houses of parliament.

Instability in some Arab countries has led to the rise of terrorism,
sectarianism and extremism in the region, including the Islamic State
militant group.