Obama discusses regional impact of Syria crisis with Jordan's King Abdullah II

The Associated Press
May 21, 2014 04:38 PM

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 centred on the impact Syria's civil war was having on Jordan and other neighbouring countries.

Jordan has absorbed 600,000 registered Syrian refugees, forming 10 per cent 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 co-operate 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.


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