Obama to meet with King Abdullah at the White House

Obama to meet with King Abdullah at the White House
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 President Obama will meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan later this month at the White House.

The Feb. 24 meeting is an opportunity to discuss the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), American aid to Syrian and Iraqi refugees and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.

Jordan is a member of a U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in the Middle East with airstrikes, a strategy that has come under criticism from members of Congress and Republican White House hopefuls. 

Abdullah has been a bullish defender of the plan, expressing confidence in an interview with CNN last month the extremist group could be defeated “fairly quickly.” Obama has said it could take years to drive the group out of its territory. 

The Jordanian leader was in the U.S. in January, but did not meet with Obama at the White House. Instead, he huddled with Vice President  Biden. 

Obama met with Abdullah briefly on Jan. 13 in the lounge at Joint Base Andrews before departing for a speech in Omaha, Neb.