Obama bets that U.S.-Gulf alliance can survive tensions over Iran
By Matt Spetalnick and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama may fail to pacify Gulf Arab fears over his Iran nuclear diplomacy at a summit this week, following a pointed Saudi snub of the event. Obama appears confident Washington has enough leverage to fend off Sunni Arab pressure to do more to stop arch-rival Shi’ite Iran from intervening in conflicts across much of the region, underlining diverging interests between the United States and its long-standing Gulf allies. By resisting a push by some Gulf Arab nations for new formal security guarantees, for instance, Obama is gambling that the close but often uneasy alliance can weather current differences, especially given long-time Arab reliance on the U.S. military umbrella and advanced weapons supplies.
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 […]
25 March, 2014 Obama aims to soothe Saudi fears with Riyadh visit By Matt Spetalnick and Angus McDowall WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will seek to ease Saudi concerns that he is neglecting an old ally when he visits Riyadh on Friday, months after top Saudis objected to what they saw as a growing rapprochement between […]
27 March, 2015 With Yemen strikes, Saudis show growing independence from U.S. By Matt Spetalnick, Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia kept some key details of its military action in Yemen from Washington until the last moment, U.S. officials said, as the kingdom takes a more assertive regional r...
6 May, 2015 Obama expected to push for Gulf missile defense at U.S. summit By Matt Spetalnick and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is expected to make a renewed U.S. push next week to help Gulf allies create a region-wide defense system to guard against Iranian missiles as he seeks to allay their an...
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