President Obama Visits Jordan

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 23, 2013
President Obama and King Abdullah II Participate in Joint Press Conference in Amman

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On March 22, 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama headed to Jordan for the final stop on the first foreign trip of his second term. He was greeted at Al-Hummar Palace in Amman by King Abdullah II and his son, Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah. The President and the King held a bilateral meeting, in which they discussed several issues of importance to both countries, including the ongoing conflict in Syria.

During a joint press conference, President Obama praised Jordan for its close cooperation on regional issues, remarking that, "His Majesty was the first Arab leader to publicly call on Assad to step down because of the horrific violence that was being inflicted on the Syrian people. Jordan has played a leading role in trying to begin a political transition toward a new government. We're working together to strengthen a credible Syrian opposition."

President Obama also announced support for those affected by the conflict in Syria. President Obama said, "Every day Jordanians are extending a hand of support to neighbors far from home, but this is a heavy burden. And the international community needs to step up to make sure that they are helping to shoulder this burden. The United States will certainly do our part. We are already the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people. Some of this has helped people here in Jordan, and today I'm announcing that my administration will work with Congress to provide Jordan with an additional $200 million in budget support this year, as it cares for Syrian refugees and Jordanian communities affected by this crisis."

Today, President Obama wrapped up his visit to the Middle East with a tour of Jordan's ancient city of Petra. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site. View photos of the President's entire trip here.



Bruce W.
Utah, USA
April 5, 2013

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