WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is using a meeting with King Felipe VI of Spain to urge international cooperation in the response to the Syrian refugee crisis.
Obama met with the king Tuesday afternoon in the Oval Office, and the pair discussed the importance of working together to ensure refugees are safe and treated with "shared humanity."
Ultimately, Obama says the cooperation must extend to the source of the refugee crisis, resolving the ongoing conflict in Syria. The president also said it's important for the United States to take in its share of Syrian refugees.
King Felipe said he started the day off Tuesday by visiting Mount Vernon to honor the nation's first president, George Washington, but also to reflect on the long, shared history of Spain and the U.S.