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Saudi Arabia, US discuss bilateral ties ahead of Obama's visit

King Salman to host a summit with Gulf leaders in Riyadh on April 21

Saudi Arabia, US discuss bilateral ties ahead of Obama's visit
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. (Getty Images)

Saudi King Salman has met with a visiting US senate delegation ahead of President Barack Obama's visit next month.

Saudi Press Agency reports that the meeting, which was held to promote bilateral ties, was attended by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed, Deputy Premier and Interior Minister, Minister of State and Cabinet's Member Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban and Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.

The US senate delegation consisted of Senator for Maryland and Deputy Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin, Senator for Colorado, Cory Gardner, Senator for Massachusetts, Ed Markey, and Senator for Oregon, Jeff Merkley.

The delegation also met with Qatar's ruler, Sheikh Tamim in Doha.

US President Barack Obama will meet with leaders of several Gulf nations during a summit in Riyadh on April 21, which will be hosted by King Salman.

The White House said the gathering will be an opportunity for leaders to review progress in strengthening US-GCC security cooperation since the productive Camp David Summit hosted by President Obama in May 2015. The US government press secretary said the meeting will also provide an opportunity for leaders to discuss additional steps to intensify pressure on ISIL, address regional conflicts, and de-escalate regional and sectarian tensions.

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