Jordanian king in Canada to discuss Mideast peace

Jordan's King Abdullah II arrived in Canada on Thursday to discuss greater involvement by Canada in Middle East peace talks and a potential new trade deal between the two countries. The 45-year-old monarch is expected to ask Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to consider a role for Canada as a broker, particularly in talks to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Jordan is one of the few Arab states that recognizes Israel, and is actively trying to kick-start a new peace process. The Conservative Canadian government's more pro-Israeli stance is not perceived as an obstacle to Canada's participation, said Nabil Barto, Jordan's ambassador to Canada. "The Canadian government is very strong in its commitments to both sides, the Israeli side and the Palestinian side," Barto said.