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Obama returns home from Mideast trip

Published on Mar 24, 2013 10:40 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama returned home to Washington late Saturday after a four-day tour seeking to rekindle his engagement on Middle East peace and dominated by his embrace of Israel.

Air Force One landed at Andrews Air Force Base just outside the US capital at 8:08 pm (8.08am Sunday Singapore time), hours ahead of schedule.

The presidential helicopter, Marine One, then ferried Mr Obama on the short trip back to the White House, where he touched down about 30 minutes later.

National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and senior aides Valerie Jarrett and Pete Rouse accompanied the president to the West Wing.

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