Obama in Jordan for talks with King Abdullah II

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Obama in Jordan to discuss Syria situation with King Abdullah II

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s king and military brass welcomed President Barack Obama to Jordan today as the leaders headed into talks focusing on the civil war in Syria.

More than 400,000 refugees have crossed into Jordan to escape two years of bloodshed at home, crowding refugee camps and overwhelming aid agencies run by this important U.S. ally in the Middle East. Jordan’s King Abdullah II has voiced fears that extremists and terrorists could create a regional base in his country.

Obama also will seek to bolster Jordan’s efforts to reform its government in an attempt to stave off an Arab Spring-style revolution that has led to the downfall of longtime leaders in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

Before arriving in Jordan, Obama closed a three-day visit to Israel, another important U.S. ally in the region, by paying respects to the nation’s heroes and to victims of the Holocaust. He also solemnly reaffirmed the Jewish state’s right to exist.

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