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 committed to their security and is not doing enough to stop Iran's destabilizing actions across the region. The US president has warned the deeply conservative monarchies that they must reform, and has launched nuclear talks with their arch-foe Iran. With just days before Wednesday's meeting at the White House and Thursday's gathering at Camp David, Riyadh said it would instead send Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and the king's influential son Mohammed bin Salman.
13 May, 2015 One veteran, one rookie — Saudi princes tag-team US summit The tag-team of princes representing Saudi Arabia at a summit with President Barack Obama in Washington from Wednesday have relatively little in common -- except their extreme power. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the kingdom's 55-year-old interior minister, is a known quantity in […]
11 May, 2015 Saudi King Salman skips Obama summit Newly crowned Saudi King Salman has refused an invitation to attend a landmark summit hosted by President Barack Obama, amid angst over US-Iran nuclear negotiations. Obama had invited six Gulf kings, emirs and sultans to the presidential retreat at Camp David, seeking to shore up […]
14 May, 2015 Obama seeks to reassure Gulf allies on Iran, security at summit By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton CAMP DAVID, Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought to reassure Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies on Thursday of Washington's commitment to their security despite deep concern among Arab leaders about U.S. efforts to broker a nuclear deal with […]
20 April, 2016 Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit President Barack Obama held talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday as he began a two-day visit hoping to ease tensions with the historic US ally. Riyadh and its Sunni Arab Gulf neighbours have bristled at what they see as Washington's tilt towards their regional rival Shiite […]
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 […]