Obama discussing ISIS with Jordan’s king

A file photo of President Barack Obama meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan in the White House's Oval Office

A file photo of President Barack Obama meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan in the White House’s Oval Office

President Barack Obama was meeting Friday with the king of Jordan, a key Mideast ally sandwiched between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant front lines that is struggling under the burden of an influx of refugees fleeing the fighting.

Obama and King Abdullah plan to discuss their efforts to counter ISIS in a White House meeting. Jordan is one of five Arab nations that have participated in U.S.-led airstrikes against the militants in Syria, and Abdullah said he’s consulting with other Arab leaders about taking a stronger stand against ISIS. “It’s clearly a fight between good and evil,” Abdullah said on “CBS This Morning.”

“Nations in the Arab and Islamic world have to stand up and say, you know, ‘We’re against this,’ and explain to our people, ‘There’s a right and a wrong of this,’“ Abdullah said. “And people have to make a decision. This is our war. This is a war inside of Islam. So we have to own up to it. We have to take the lead. And we have to start fighting back.”

Obama and Abdullah also plan to discuss their efforts to reduce tensions between Israel and Palestine. Jordan’s U.N. envoy said Tuesday she will be trying to get the U.N. Security Council to agree on a resolution before the end of December that would press for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The push for Security Council action follows the failure of U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians led by Secretary of State John Kerry, this summer’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian faction that controls the Gaza Strip, and the recent upsurge in violence sparked by disputes over Jerusalem’s hilltop complex that is revered by both Muslims and Jews.


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