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Obama, Jordan's King Abdullah to meet in California
By REUTERS
01/30/2014
Leaders, who met last March in Amman, to discuss Syrian conflict, Middle East developments at summit in US.
 
WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama and Jordan's King Abdullah will discuss Syria and the Middle East at a February 14 summit to be held at a California retreat, the White House said on Wednesday.

Obama met China's President Xi Jinping at the same location last June, the Sunnylands retreat in Rancho Mirage, California. Jordan is feeling the strain from the civil war in neighboring Syria and is providing refuge to thousands of Syrians who have fled across their shared border.

The White House said the two leaders, who met last March in Amman, will also discuss strengthening the US-Jordan political, economic and security cooperation.

"The two leaders will also continue consultations on regional developments, including Middle East peace and Syria," a White House statement said. The Sunnylands retreat will offer the two leaders an out-of-the-way setting in the California desert.

Jordan, one of the US' closest allies in the Middle East, is a regional player in diplomatic efforts seeking a Middle East peace and is one of two Arab countries, the other being Egypt, that has signed a peace treaty with Israel.

But Jordan has not been involved in the latest round of US-brokered talks, driven by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
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