Barack Obama to travel to Saudi Arabia in March

Last Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 23:34

Washington: US President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia in March and meet with King Abdullah in a bid to reassure the key ally about the administration`s policies in the Middle East.

This is part of "regular consultations" between the two countries, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
Obama would meet the Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, he said.

"The President looks forward to discussing with King Abdullah the enduring and strategic ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia as well as ongoing cooperation to advance a range of common interests related to Gulf and regional security, peace in the Middle East, countering violent extremism, and other issues of prosperity and security," Carney said.
Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia following his travel to the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.

The President`s trip comes after Secretary of State John Kerry visited Saudi officials in January.

Saudi officials are concerned about US-led efforts to broker a nuclear deal with Iran and America`s reluctance to engage more directly in Syria`s civil war.


First Published: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 23:34

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