Obama made the announcement while meeting with Jordan's King
Abdullah at a summit at a California retreat. Jordan, one of the
United States' closest allies in the Middle East, is a regional
player in diplomatic efforts seeking peace in the turbulent
region and is one of two Arab countries, the other being Egypt,
that has signed a peace treaty with Israel.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; writing by Mark Felsenthal;
by Lisa Shumaker)
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