Obama discusses Syria crisis with Jordan’s Abdullah
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Obama discusses Syria crisis with Jordan’s Abdullah

Kingdom has absorbed 600,000 registered Syrian refugees, but officials say the real number is closer to 1.3 million

US President Barack Obama greets Jordan's King Abdullah II at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, California, on Feb. 14, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
US President Barack Obama greets Jordan's King Abdullah II at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, California, on Feb. 14, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the situation in Syria with Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

The two leaders spoke Wednesday and the White House says their conversation centered on the impact Syria’s civil war was having on Jordan and other neighboring countries.

Jordan has absorbed 600,000 registered Syrian refugees, forming 10 percent of the country’s population. Jordanian officials estimate the real number of refugees is closer to 1.3 million.

The White House says Obama and King Abdullah reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate closely on the Syrian crisis, which is now in its fourth year. Activists say more than 150,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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