King’s absence from U.S. summit shows Saudi displeasure over Iran push
By William Maclean and Angus McDowall DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) – The Saudi king's absence from a regional summit to be hosted by President Barack Obama shows how Gulf states, displeased by what they see as U.S. indifference to Iranian meddling in the Arab world, may hesitate to bless any nuclear deal with Tehran. Analysts and diplomats in the Middle East described King Salman's decision to skip the meeting at Camp David this week as a snub, despite denials from U.S. officials as well as Riyadh's new foreign minister and other Saudi insiders. Riyadh announced the monarch's no-show on Sunday, only two days after the White House had said he would attend the summit of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states – some of which have long doubted Obama's commitment to confronting Iranian backing of Shi'ite Muslim militias across the region.
12 May, 2015 U.S. rejects notion that Gulf rulers snubbing Obama summit By Matt Spetalnick and Angus McDowall WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - The White House scrambled on Monday to counter perceptions that the Saudi king's absence from a summit later this week could undermine U.S. efforts to assure Gulf states it remains committed to their security against […]
11 May, 2015 Saudi king’s US absence signals discontent with Iran policy Discontent with American policy toward Iran is behind the last-minute pullout by Saudi King Salman from a summit with US President Barack Obama this week, analysts say. Obama invited Salman along with five other Gulf rulers to the White House on Wednesday followed by a retreat the […]
23 October, 2013 Analysis: Saudi move reflects fears U.S. falling for Iranian charm By Angus McDowall and William Maclean RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's warning that it will downgrade its relationship with the United States is based on a fear that President Barack Obama lacks both the mettle and the guile to confront mutual adversaries, and is instead handing […]
11 May, 2015 Saudi king sending crown prince to summit with Obama this week Saudi Arabia's King Salman has designated his crown prince to attend a Gulf Arab summit with U.S. President Barack Obama, the state news agency, SPA, reported on Sunday, just two days after the White House said the monarch would attend the gathering. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir […]
12 May, 2015 US, Saudi Arabia play down rift The White House and Saudi Arabia scrambled to quell talk of a diplomatic rift Monday, after King Salman pulled out of a summit with President Barack Obama at the eleventh hour. Obama had invited six Gulf leaders to the presidential retreat, amid suspicions that Washington is no longer […]