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Barack Obama to host Jordan's King at White House

IANS 27 Nov 2014, 6:19:32 AM IST

Washington: US President Barack Obama will host King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House Dec 5 to discuss issues of the Middle East, the White House said on Wednesday.

The two leaders will discuss efforts to counter Islamic State (IS) group and find a political solution in Syria, provide humanitarian assistance to refugees from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, and take steps to calm tensions in Jerusalem, Xinhua quoted White House spokesperson Josh Earnest saying in a statement.

Obama looks forward to discussing with King Abdullah opportunities to strengthen the US-Jordan strategic partnership and advance political, economic, and security cooperation of the two countries, Earnest said.

"This meeting is another opportunity to continue our work together to promote peace, prosperity, and reform in the Middle East," the spokesman added.

Jordan is a key ally of the US in the Middle East. It is one of the five Arab countries that took part in the US-led air strikes against IS militants in Syria.