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Inside King Salman's visit to the US

Saudi leader pledged to strengthen ties between their countries during a meeting at the White House

Inside King Salman's visit to the US
Saudi King Salman (L) meets with US President Barack Obama. (AFP/Getty Images)

US president Barack Obama and Saudi leader King Salman pledged to
strengthen ties between their countries during a meeting at the White House on
Friday.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss concerns over the conflicts in
Syria and Yemen, and the Iran nuclear deal, following months of differences
between Washington and Riyadh on how to tackle these issues.

The two leaders also discussed ways to improve the relationship between
their two countries. 

The Saudi Gazette reported that the Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin
Salman, second deputy premier, Minister of Defense and chairman of the Economic
and Development Affairs Council, briefed the US President on Saudi Arabia’s
vision for a new partnership. 

Adel Al Jubeir, Saudi’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, said the strategic
partnership would include security, military, economic, financial and
educational aspects among others.

Obama accepted an invitation by King Salman to visit Saudi Arabia next
year to finalise the terms of the agreement.

The two leaders also pledged to root out terrorism, discussing the
possibility of fast-tracking military supplies to the kingdom and increasing
cooperation on counter-terrorism, maritime security, cyber security and
ballistic missile defense, the newspaper said.

The elderly Arab monarch's White House visit Friday came soon after
Obama secured the votes required for the Iran nuclear deal to pass through
congress.

King Salman opted not to attend the Camp David summit in May to address
Gulf security concerns related to the then imminent deal – a decision that was
said at the time to signal displeasure with the proposed terms although that
was denied by Saudi officials.

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