Obama to visit Saudi Arabia in March
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Obama to visit Saudi Arabia in March

White House: US president will discuss Saudi objections to American policy on Iran, Syria with King Abdullah

Can Robert Malley save relations between US President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah? (photo credit: AP/Ron Edmonds)
Can Robert Malley save relations between US President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah? (photo credit: AP/Ron Edmonds)

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has planned a trip to Saudi Arabia next month amid tension with the important US ally over disputes in the region, the White House announced Monday.

Obama is to meet with King Abdullah and discuss security around the Middle East and Saudi Arabia’s objections to US policy on Iran and Syria, White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

“Whatever differences we may have do not alter the fact that this is a very important and close partnership,” Carney told reporters.

The stop is being added to a previously announced trip to Europe at the end of March. It will be Obama’s first visit to Saudi Arabia since 2009.

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