US President Barack Obama took a tour of the ancient archaeological site of Petra in Jordan today on the final leg of his tour of the Middle East.
As news emerged that the US Senate had passed its first Budget plan in four years, the President was surveying a Treasury hewn out of stone more than two thousand years ago.
He was accompanied by at least five members of his personal protection team who surveyed the route ahead of him.
US President Barack Obama has the final engagement of his Middle East tour today - a visit to the archaeological remains of Petra in Jordan.
Associated Press correspondent Julie Pace tweeted a photograph of the presidential helicopter en route:
Flying across Jordan en route to Petra http://t.co/gAH1b4HaDr
Overcast skies be damned, Obama is making the hour-long chopper ride to Petra
Barack Obama is continuing his tour of the Middle East, visiting Amman in Jordan.
He is scheduled to return to Washington after visiting the abandoned desert city of Petra later today.
Speaking at a press conference with Jordan's King Abdullah, a key Middle East ally, Obama also said he welcomed Abdullah's moves toward "necessary" political reforms in his country.
Abdullah said he would refuse to close Jordan's borders to Syrian refugees, and Obama said he was concerned Syria could become an enclave for extremists.
Speaking in Amman, Jordan, President Obama said he was very concerned that Syria could be come an enclave for extremists.
US President Barack Obama paused for a few moments as he lay a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance at Jerusalem's Holocaust Memorial today.
He also lay a wreath at the graves of the Zionist founder Theodor Herzl and slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin on the final day of Obama's visit to Israel.
President Obama told a conference that Palestinians "deserve a future of hope", during his visit to the West Bank today.
Obama added that the US were "proud partners" of the Palestinian efforts to build a state.