RIYADH, March 28 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, making
his first visit to Saudi Arabia since 2009, began a meeting with
King Abdullah on Friday that U.S. officials said would focus on
Gulf security, Syria, Iran, Middle East peace and Egypt.
The elderly king, accompanied by a number of senior princes,
had what appeared to be an oxygen tube connected to his nose at
the start of his meeting at his desert farm at Rawdat Khuraim
northeast of the capital Riyadh, witnesses said.
RIYADH (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Riyadh on Friday, aiming to persuade King Abdullah Saudi Arabian concerns that America is slowly disengaging from the Middle East are unfounded.
Obama, on his first visit to the kingdom since 2009, was due to meet Abdullah and other senior princes of the ruling al-Saud family in the monarch’s desert farm at Rawdat Khuraim northeast of the capital Riyadh.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama heard the Catholic Church’s concerns over his health care plan while on a visit to the Vatican on Thursday, but drew a cheerful response from Pope Francis when inviting him to visit Washington.
The president appeared at ease and joked during the parts of his meeting with the pope that were open to a few reporters, but a brief Vatican statement issued later indicated that Obama’s private talks there had a more serious side.
Wide-eyed Obama marvels that Roman colosseum is bigger than many modern baseball stadiums. “It’s remarkable. Unbelievable,” he tells press.
Obama just referred to the Italian lira, which hasn’t existed since the euro was adopted. An adviser sitting in press conf mouthed “oops”
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Calling himself “a great admirer”, President Barack Obama held nearly an hour of private talks about the global situation with Pope Francis on Thursday and invited the pontiff to visit the White House.
Obama appeared at ease and joked with the pope during the parts of their first meeting that were open to reporters, at one saying he did not know how his wife and children “put up with me”.