Cheney meets with Jordan's King Abdullah

US Vice President Dick Cheney wrapped up a weeklong tour of the Middle East on Monday meeting privately with King Abdullah of Jordan, a longtime US ally in the region. Cheney visited Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt in a bid to get moderate Arab states to do more to support the fragile government of Iraq and to promote reconciliation among rival factions. He also sounded out the governments on increasing Iranian influence in the region and took a hardline stance against Iran's nuclear ambitions and efforts to dominate the Gulf region. The vice president's tour appeared to have mixed results, and on some stops he found an eagerness to talk as much about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as the situation in Iraq.