Mike Mullen meets Jordan king

The visit comes after Egypt`s Prez Hosni Mubarak stepped down after 30 years.

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2011, 12:52 PM IST

Amman: King Abdullah II met on Sunday with the top US military commander who is visiting key allies Jordan and Israel to reaffirm Washington`s support following the fall of Egypt`s Hosni Mubarak.

The king and US Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen "discussed bilateral cooperation and a number of issues of common concern”, a brief palace statement said without elaborating.

Mullen also held talks with his Jordanian counterpart Lieutenant General Meshaal Al-Zabn, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

On Monday, Mullen is due to hold talks in Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and the country`s military leaders.

Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby said on Friday Mullen would discuss "security issues of mutual concern and reassure both these key partners of the US military`s commitment to that partnership”.

The visit comes after Mubarak stepped down on Friday after 30 years, handing power to the military after more than a million people took to the streets in the culmination of an 18-day uprising in Egypt.

Bureau Report