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Jordan’s Abdullah to visit White House Wednesday

Syria conflict and the 630,000 refugees it has sent into Jordan will top the agenda when king meets Obama

File: King Abdullah II of Jordan talks to US President Barack Obama after their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, December 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
File: King Abdullah II of Jordan talks to US President Barack Obama after their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, December 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Resolving the conflict in Syria and meeting the needs of war-stricken refugees are expected to dominate discussions as US President Barack Obama meets Wednesday with Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

Jordan shares a border with Syria and Iraq, and Abdullah’s visit to the White House takes place as his country struggles to accommodate more than 630,000 Syrian refugees.

The two leaders are meeting during an important moment in the 5-year-old civil war in Syria as Washington and Moscow will work to put in place a fragile ceasefire designed to help end the conflict. The truce does not cover the Islamic State group.

The White House also says Obama and the king will discuss how best to advance prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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