Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Obama in Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama travelling with a 27-strong delegation arrived in Riyadh today to pay respects to the memory of the late King Abdullah and to meet with King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the Kingdom’s new ruler. The delegation accompanying Obama includes Secretary of State John Kerry, CENTCOM Commander GEN Lloyd Austin, CIA Director John Brennan and Senator John McCain.

National Security Council spokesman Ben Rhodes said the president wants the same kind of relationship with the new king that he had with Abdullah, in which “we’re able to move forward on areas of common interest and able to be very candid and frank with one another about developments in the region.” (AFP, 27 January)

Photo credit: President Obama meets with Saudi King Salman; Riyadh, 27 January 2015 (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

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