After three days of intense political talks on the region's various conflicts, Obama ended his Middle East tour playing tourist. The American President spent two hours viewing the ancient ruins of Petra in Jordan.
The rare publicly announced meeting is the latest sign of slow steps at normalization between Israel and Gulf Arab states. Oman has played an important mediating role in the Middle East.
President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out against the US and Israel during an Islamic unity summit. The Iranian leader also expressed a willingness to help the people of Iran's regional rival, Saudi Arabia.
Russia's offensive in Syria has brought unexpected consequences: US allies in the region are interested in acquiring Russian military hardware. But they could face serious backlash from the White House.
The US will cut all financing to the UN agency serving 5 million Palestinian refugees. The move comes as the Trump administration seeks to pressure the UN into redefining who is considered a Palestinian refugee.
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