Obama in Jordan on last leg of Mideast tour

President Barack Obama arrived in Jordan on Friday to face scrutiny over his Syria strategy, on the last leg of a Middle East tour after visits to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The US presidential aircraft landed in Queen Alia Airport near Amman at 1445 GMT, and he was welcomed by Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and other top officials.

Obama headed immediately to the royal palace in west Amman for talks with King Abdullah II, a key US ally, on the agony of Syria's conflict in Jordan, which is hosting more than 450,000 refugees from the war-torn country.

He will also support political reform efforts inside Jordan, which has been an oasis of relative calm in a region swept by turmoil following the Arab Spring.