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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.

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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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