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:

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Overcast skies be damned, Obama is making the hour-long chopper ride to Petra

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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.