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Jordan: King to meet Obama Feb. 14 in California

Updated Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 | 1:06 p.m.

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The Royal Palace says Jordan's king will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in California on Feb. 14 for talks on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, Syria and ways to boost traditionally strong political, economic and security ties.

Announcing Abdullah II's tour, the palace says the monarch will continue on to Washington, where he is also scheduled for meetings with Congressional leaders, Jewish, Muslim and other religious groups.

The palace says Abdullah will start off his trip next week with a state visit to Mexico.

Jordan is a close U.S. Arab ally and one of the largest recipients of U.S. aid, which averaged $1 billion annually for the past five years. The kingdom also maintains close security cooperation with Washington and is one of the strongest supporters of America's global war on terrorism.