King of Jordan Abdullah II has highly praised Russia's role in the Middle East. At the start of the Russian-Jordanian talks, King Abdullah II said that "Russia has played and continues playing an important role" in the Middle Eastern region. According to the monarch, the Jordanian people "hold this role in high regard and are full of admiration for Russia." King Abdullah II stressed that he was grateful to Russian President Vladimir Putin for congratulating all the Muslims on the holy holiday of Ramadan. The King viewed the congratulations as evidence of "Russia's profound understanding" of the Islamic world. King Abdullah II also expressed "his sincere gratitude" to the Russian leader for the "significant role in strengthening the bilateral relations" and his "awareness of the ways to achieve stability in the region,"