Jordan's king calls peaceful solution in Syria

Jordan's king has urged for a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis in talks with international envoy Kofi Annan.

The royal palace says King Abdullah II and Annan discussed the issue behind closed doors on Thursday.

A palace statement says Abdullah stressed that the solution should ensure the "unity of the Syrian people, restore Syria's security and stability and end violence and bloodshed there." It did not elaborate.

Annan is in Jordan following talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus.

Assad's regime is facing an uprising, which the U.N. says has more than 9,000 people in the past 15 months. Activists put the number of those killed at about 13,000.