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King of Jordan heads to Mexico as first stop on way to Sunnylands

February 6th, 2014 | by Erica Felci | Comments

King Abdullah II of Jordan listens to US President Barack Obama in this 2010 file photo taken at the White House in Washington. (Chris Kleponis, AFP/Getty Images)

King Abdullah II of Jordan listens to US President Barack Obama in this 2010 file photo taken at the White House in Washington. (Chris Kleponis, AFP/Getty Images)

King Abdullah II of Jordan has arrived in Mexico, launching a two-country tour that will end Feb. 14 at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage.

The first part of the king’s visit will include meetings with members of the Arab-Mexican Chamber of Industry and Commerce and with Mexican President Enrique Peña.

Abdullah will then travel to Washington, where he is scheduled to meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, congressional leaders and other key groups.

Jordan’s Royal Hashemite Court announced that the purpose of the Washington visit was to “promote the Jordanian perspective on developments in Syria and its wider regional implications” as well as “press for a political solution to the conflict.”

The king will also press the United States about financial support for his kingdom through 2017, according to the royal court.

From Washington, Abdullah will travel to California to meet with President Obama. It is the second time in less than a year that the president has held an international meeting at Sunnylands.

“The United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan are close friends and historic partners that have worked together to promote peace, prosperity, and reform,” the White House said in a statement announcing the Feb. 14 visit.

“The President looks forward to discussing with King Abdullah opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-Jordan strategic partnership and how to advance our political, economic, and security cooperation. The two leaders will also continue consultations on regional developments, including Middle East peace and Syria.”

Pictures from the visit, released today by the Royal Hashemite Court, indicate that Queen Rania did not travel to Mexico with Abdullah.

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