Prez Obama meets King of Jordan

US President Barack Obama met the King Abdullah of Jordan at the White House and the two leaders discussed recent developments in the region including Libya, Egypt and Tunisia.

Last Updated: May 18, 2011, 11:05 AM IST

Washington: US President Barack Obama met
the King Abdullah of Jordan at the White House and the two leaders discussed recent developments in the region including
Libya, Egypt and Tunisia.

"We discussed the situation in Libya and are grateful
for the support of a wide range of Arab countries in our
efforts to make sure that humanitarian assistance and
humanitarian protection occurs inside of Libya," President
Obama told reporters.

He said that both the leaders discussed about rapid
transformation taking place in Egypt and Tunisia.

"We both agreed that it`s critical that not only does
political reform proceed, but economic reform accompanies
those changes there.

"Because so much of what`s taking place has to do with
the aspirations of young people throughout the Arab world for
their ability to determine their own fate, to get an
education, to get a job, to be able to support a family," he
said.

That means some of the old structures that were
inhibiting their ability to progress have to be reworked, he
added.

Obama and the Jordanian King also discussed the Israel
Palestine conflict.

"We both share the view that despite the many changes,
or perhaps because of the many changes that are taking place
in the region, it`s more vital than ever that both Israelis
and Palestinians find a way to get back to the table and begin
negotiating a process whereby they can create two states that
are living side by side in peace and security," he said.

"Jordan, obviously, with its own peace with Israel,
has an enormous stake in this. The US has an enormous stake in
this. We will continue to partner to try to encourage an
equitable and just solution to a problem that has been nagging
the region for many, many years," Obama said.

PTI