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Jordan's Abdullah II receives peace prize in Germany

  • King Abdullah of Jordan and Queen Rania wave to citizens on the historic town hall balcony in Muenster, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. King Abdullah was awarded the Peace Prize of Westphalia in recognition of his endeavors for peace and international security and stability. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    King Abdullah of Jordan and Queen Rania wave to citizens on the historic town hall balcony in Muenster, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. King Abdullah was awarded the Peace Prize of Westphalia in recognition of his endeavors for peace and international security and stability. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)  (The Associated Press)

  • King Abdullah of Jordan and Queen Rania are celebrated by citizens on the historic town hall balcony in Muenster, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. King Abdullah was awarded the Peace Prize of Westphalia in recognition of his endeavors for peace and international security and stability. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    King Abdullah of Jordan and Queen Rania are celebrated by citizens on the historic town hall balcony in Muenster, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. King Abdullah was awarded the Peace Prize of Westphalia in recognition of his endeavors for peace and international security and stability. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Queen Rania and King Abdullah of Jordan and German president Joachim Gauck, from left, wave to citizens on the historic town hall balcony in Muenster, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. King Abdullah was awarded the Peace Prize of Westphalia in recognition of his endeavors for peace and international security and stability. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Queen Rania and King Abdullah of Jordan and German president Joachim Gauck, from left, wave to citizens on the historic town hall balcony in Muenster, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. King Abdullah was awarded the Peace Prize of Westphalia in recognition of his endeavors for peace and international security and stability. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)  (The Associated Press)

Jordan's King Abdullah II has been awarded a prestigious prize in Germany for his peace efforts in the Middle East.

At the award ceremony Saturday for the Westphalian Peace Prize in Muenster's town hall, German President Joachim Gauck said Abdullah and his fellow Jordanians had "set standards for humanity" for their work in the region's refugee crisis.

Jordan, with a population of about 6.5 million, is hosting about 635,000 refugees from neighboring war-torn Syria.

The annual prize commemorates the conclusion of the Peace of Westphalia, a series of treaties concluded and announced in Muenster town hall in 1648 that ended the Thirty Years' War and other conflicts.