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West Africa is focus of Jordan counter-terrorism conference

British Prime Minister Theresa May meets King Abdullah at the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan during her visit to the Middle East, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
December 01, 2017 - 4:22 AM

AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan's state news agency says King Abdullah II is hosting a high-level conference on fighting terrorism and extremist ideologies, particularly in West Africa.

The Petra agency said Friday that the weekend gathering in the Red Sea resort of Aqaba is to be attended by presidents of several West African countries, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, senior officials from Europe and Latin America as well as representatives of international organizations.

The agency says the conference is the latest in a series launched by Jordan's monarch to reach out to other nations and help co-ordinate the fight against terrorism.

It says previous discussions focused on East Africa, Southeast Asia and the Balkans.

Jordan's king is seen as a key Western partner in the battle against Islamic extremism.

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