United States of America President, Barack Obama meets Saudi Arabia Monarch, King Salman in bid to ease difficulties between the allies and to talk about Syria and Yemen. President Barack Obama landed in Saudi Arabia today, in what is being billed as an effort to end wars in Syria and Yemen and also ease tensions between Washington and Riyadh.
Obama will meet King Salman and will then attend a summit on Thursday with leaders of six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, at which he will be joined by United States Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Secretary of State John Kerry.
The United States-Saudi relationship has been badly strained by a deal between Western nations and Iran to curb its nuclear programme, a move that Riyadh and its allies feared would embolden Tehran in the region.
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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said earlier this month that, “We stressed that if Iran wants to have normal relations with GCC states, it has to change its policies and to abide by the good neighbourhood principle and to refrain from interfering in the affairs of GCC states and the countries of the region”.
Syria will also be high on the agenda, with both the United States and Saudi Arabia wanting President Bashar al-Assad to go and both backing opposition groups fighting him. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the efforts of the United States-led coalition backed by Riyadh to fight it; will also be discussed.
After President Obama leaves Saudi Arabia, He will travel to Germany and Britain.