NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and new Saudi Arabia King Salman are expected to discuss shared concerns about the turmoil in Yemen and the fight against Islamic State militants during their first formal meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday, the White House said.
Cutting short a visit to India, Obama is leading a U.S. delegation to the Saudi capital to offer condolences after the death of King Abdullah, Salman’s brother and a close ally of the United States.
NEW DELHI, Jan 26 (Reuters) – India could play a role in
battling Islamic State, the White House said on Monday during a
visit to New Delhi by President Barack Obama, underlining
Washington’s confidence that India is increasingly prepared to
engage on global security issues.
U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said
India’s involvement could focus on intelligence on the flow of
money and militants to the radical Islamist group active in
Syria and Iraq rather than deploying troops on the ground.
NEW DELHI, Jan 25 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Sunday defended his administration’s drone-based
counter-terrorism strategy against al Qaeda militants in Yemen,
saying the alternative would be to deploy U.S. troops, which was
“It is not neat and it is not simple, but it is the best
option that we have,” Obama told reporters at a news conference
in New Delhi.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Signalling his determination to take relations with the United States to a higher level, Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug U.S. President Barack Obama as he landed in New Delhi on Sunday.
Obama’s visit is a fresh bid to make India an enduring strategic partner and he will seek to nurture friendship with a prime minister who a year ago was persona non grata in Washington.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting President Barack Obama, and a White House spokesman questioned whether protocol had been violated.
An Israeli official said Netanyahu, whose relationship with Obama has often been tense, was looking into the possibility of meeting with Obama when he comes to Washington to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 11.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama warned lawmakers on Friday not to trigger new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, saying such a move would upset diplomatic talks and increase the likelihood of a military conflict with Tehran.
In a joint news conference at the White House, Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron urged members of Congress to be patient and hold off on legislation calling for further sanctions.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to take on “the poisonous ideology” of Islamic extremists and said intelligence agencies must be allowed to track militants online despite privacy concerns.
Obama and Cameron held two days of White House talks amid increasing concern in Europe about the threat posed by extremists after 17 people were killed in Paris attacks and Belgian authorities engaged in a firefight with terror suspects.
WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
and British Prime Minister David Cameron warned U.S. lawmakers
on Friday not to trigger new sanctions against Iran over its
nuclear program, saying such a move would upset diplomatic talks
and potentially lead to war.
In a joint news conference at the White House, Obama and
Cameron urged members of Congress to be patient and hold off on
any legislation calling for further sanctions now.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Thursday said legislation was not necessary to settle so-called “net neutrality” rules because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them.
Republicans in Congress are trying to drum up support for a bill that would counter the FCC’s upcoming new rules. The Obama administration’s comments, while not entirely rebuffing the legislative effort, could make some Democrats wary of joining it.
WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Tuesday will announce a renewed push to beef up U.S.
cybersecurity laws after recent headline-grabbing hacks against
companies like Sony Pictures and Home Depot.
Obama will throw his support behind efforts to give
liability protection to companies that quickly share information
about attacks, but will require strict protections for personal
information, the White House said in a statement.