Jordan's King Abdullah leads in Middle East
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 17 November 2011

Speaking to an international news agency, Jordan's King Abdullah has called for Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria, to step down in the interest of the Syrian people.

Jordan has been critical of its northern neighbour Syria's crackdown on anti-government protesters in recent months.

The latest statements will have profound effects for Jordan-Syria relations.

The international news service, Al Jazeera broadcast this report by Nisreen el-Shamayleh in Ammanon on 14 November 2011  .