King Abdullah II of Jordan is pictured in March
Vice President Joe Biden was to meet King Abdullah II of Jordan, pictured in March, a key US ally in the Middle East that has seen an influx of refugees from the conflict in neighboring Syria. © Kim Hong-Ji - AFP/Pool/File
King Abdullah II of Jordan is pictured in March
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Last updated: August 20, 2012

Biden to meet Jordan's King Abdullah II in Washington

Vice President Joe Biden on Monday was to meet King Abdullah II of Jordan, a key US ally in the Middle East that has seen an influx of refugees from the conflict in neighboring Syria.

Some 150,000 Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring Jordan since the start of the March 2011 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

The uprising and the government's brutal crackdown have increasingly come to resemble a civil war, with 23,000 people killed, according to a Syrian human rights group. The United Nations puts the figure at around 17,000.

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