Obama lands in Jordan for talks focusing on Syria’s crisis

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman March 22, 2013. (Reuters)

President Barack Obama arrived in Jordan Friday evening in the final stop on his four-day visit to the Middle East.

Obama will hold meetings with King Abdullah in the capital Amman and talks are expected to focus on the Syrian refugee crisis.

 

More than 400,000 Syrians have crossed the border into neighboring Jordan, fleeing the bloody sectarian civil war in their home country. Refugee camps are overcrowded and are overwhelming aid agencies.

Obama will reportedly seek to bolster Jordan's efforts to reform its government. Jordan is seen as an important U.S. ally in the Middle East.

Before arriving in the Jordanian capital, Obama closed a three-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday told the U.S. president there could be no talks with Israel without a freeze on settlement construction.

Obama met Palestinian officials on the second day of his Mideast tour to emphasize the importance of reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

When in Israel the U.S president urged the Jewish state to reverse what he said is an “undertow of isolation,” saying Israel has “true partners” in Palestinian leaders Abbas and Salam Fayyad, the prime minister.

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