Obama to host Mid East leaders in renewed engagement

US President Barack Obama is to welcome four Middle Eastern heads of states, including Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House next month.
In a statement to the press, the White House affirmed the meeting between the United States and Turkey, saying the visit "underscores the close friendship" between them.
Erdogan is to visit the White House on Thursday, May 16. The two leaders plan to discuss a range of regional issues, including the Syria crisis and countering terrorism.
Along with Erdogan, the White House announced Obama will host Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on April 16, Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani on April 23, and Jordanian King Abdullah II on April 26.