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Mar 29, 2014
Mar 29, 2014

Obama seeks to reassure Saudi Arabia over Iran, Syria

RIYADH (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought to reassure Saudi King Abdullah on Friday that he would support moderate Syrian rebels and reject a bad nuclear deal with Iran, during a visit designed to allay the kingdom’s concerns that its decades-old U.S. alliance had frayed.

Flying by helicopter to the king’s desert camp, Obama underscored the importance of Washington’s relationship with the world’s largest oil exporter in a two-hour meeting that focused on the Middle East but did not touch on energy or human rights.

Mar 28, 2014
Mar 28, 2014

Obama underlines “strong” Saudi ties in talks with king-US

RIYADH, March 28 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
underlined Washington’s “strong” relationship with Saudi Arabia
in talks with King Abdullah on Friday, the White House said, on
a visit intended to allay the kingdom’s concerns that the
decades-old alliance is weakening.

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 the two-hour meeting at his desert farm at Rawdat
Khuraim northeast of the capital Riyadh, witnesses said.

Mar 28, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 28, 2014

Obama arrives in S.Arabia, starts talks with king

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.

Mar 28, 2014

Obama arrives for talks with Saudi king on U.S. Middle East role

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.

Mar 28, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
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      "Jeff Mason has covered the White House since 2009 and was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. He joined Reuters in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and German business news. He then spent 3 1/2 years in Brussels, Belgium covering the European Union with a focus on climate change and energy policy. He moved to Washington in 2008 to cover the historic primaries and presidential race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and Canada's CBC. He is a graduate of ..."
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