King’s absence from U.S. summit shows Saudi displeasure over Iran push

Kerry meets Salman in RiyadhBy 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.


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