Obama turns tourist in Petra

US President Barack Obama took time out of his diplomatic trip of the Middle East to marvel at the ancient city of Petra. His 24-hour visit to Jordan marked the end of his four-day visit to the region.

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President Obama tours ancient desert city of Petra

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.

President Obama shown around Petra by Suleiman al-Farajat, a tourism professor at the University of Jordan Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed

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.

President Obama stops to look at the Treasury in Petra Credit: REUTERS/Larry Downing

He was accompanied by at least five members of his personal protection team who surveyed the route ahead of him.

Members of the US Secret Service Counter Assault Team check the President's route ahead of him Credit: REUTERS/Larry Downing

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President Obama to visit desert city of Petra

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:

Obama pledges £130m for Syrian refugees in Jordan

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Jordan's King Abdullah after a joint press conference today. Credit: Reuters

President Barack Obama said his administration would work with the US Congress to provide an additional $200m (£131m) in humanitarian support to Jordan this year to help with Syrian refugees.

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.

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President Obama lays wreath at Holocaust Memorial

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 lays a wreath at the Hall of Remembrance during his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed
President Obama (C) tours the Hall of Names which commemorates millions of Jews murdered during the Holocaust Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed
President Obama, flanked by Israel's President Shimon Peres (R) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, writes in a guest book Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed
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