US President Barack Obama expressed appreciation for efforts exerted by Jordan's King Abdullah in encouraging "peace and prosperity" in the Middle East, after talks held between the two leaders on Tuesday.
Noting Abdullah's role in decrying the Syrian government's violent crackdown on protesters, Obama said of the Jordanian leader, "I want to thank him for his willingness to stand up. As a consequence, Jordan has been part of an overall Arab League effort to encourage this sort of peaceful transition inside of Syria that is needed."
Obama explained that the US and Jordan have held close consultations concerning the violence in Syria, as well as throughout the dramatic developments that have swept across the region in what has become known as the "Arab Spring," such as the government transitions in Egypt and Libya.
The US president also addressed Israel-Palestinian peace talks, saying that "the Jordanians have taken great leadership on this issue, and we very much appreciate their direction."