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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Talks Peace With Abdullah II

Jordan's King Abdullah II met with President Vladimir Putin Monday for talks on the situation in the Middle East as well as trade and military cooperation.

It was the Jordanian leader's second meeting in a year with Putin, who has sought to increase Russia's influence in the Middle East.

Russia's sales of sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles and other weaponry to Syria and Iran have upset some Middle Eastern leaders who fear the armament could spark a new arms race in the region.

Putin said military and technical cooperation between Russia and Jordan has increased in recent years.

"Equally important is the special role that Russia and you are playing and will play to solve many of the outstanding crises in the Middle East," Abdullah told Putin.

Before his visit, Abdullah warned that an international conference held in the United States last November could be the last chance for peacemaking between Palestinians and Israelis.

Abdullah, an important U.S. ally who maintains cordial ties with Israel under a 1994 peace treaty, is an ardent supporter of a Palestinian-Israeli peace settlement. He is concerned that the growing influence of extremists in the region may threaten moderates like himself.

Abdullah also said during his two-day visit to Moscow that he would discuss with Putin the possibility of Russian assistance with Jordan's efforts to develop an atomic energy program.

Abdullah met earlier with First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev -- the man who is expected to succeed Putin after March 2 presidential elections.