Obama administration: U.S. and Saudi Arabia 'very much aligned'
March 28th, 2014
05:44 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama administration: U.S. and Saudi Arabia 'very much aligned'

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (CNN) - The United States and Saudi Arabia are "very much aligned" despite recent policy differences over Iran and Syria, a senior U.S. official said following a meeting between President Barack Obama and King Abdullah.

Sitting down face to face with the King at his desert retreat, Rawdat Khuraim, outside the capital, Obama reiterated the United States is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

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Abdullah has raised concerns about the U.S.-led diplomatic effort along with major world powers to use negotiations to contain Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

"There's nothing like a face-to-face meeting," a senior administration official told reporters, adding the discussion was "not contentious." It was Obama's first trip to Saudi Arabia since 2009.

The two leaders also discussed "tactical" differences with Saudi Arabia over the question of the arming of Syrian rebels.

A senior administration official denied published reports that the United States is considering supplying the opposition to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad with surface-to-air missiles, also known as MANPADS.

Obama and Abdullah steered clear of international complaints of human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia. But a senior administration official announced Obama would attend a ceremony Saturday to recognize a Saudi woman with a State Department award for her efforts to combat domestic violence.

The 90-year-old King wore a breathing tube during his meeting with Obama. But a senior administration official said Abdullah appeared in good health and sustaining a "serious discussion" of the issues.

Obama, who was joined in the meeting by Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, returns to Washington on Saturday.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Smitty

    Sure, and Ill close Gitmo, you can keep your plan, no IRS scandal, no the Pope agrees with me on Obumbles care. At this point no one believes THE BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR.

    March 28, 2014 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Mike

    All are concern of expanding Iran regime empire in Iraq and Syria and working on rocket and bomb with the Russia support and do nothing of USA!

    March 28, 2014 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Smitty

    A wave of corruption arrests and investigations is roiling Democratic politicians, posing a potential image problem in an election year, you just cant make this stuff up Following Obumbles way ???

    March 28, 2014 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |

    Heard that one before and it was anything but.

    March 28, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Make them send more Oil into USA, so that we are free of oil to produce more Electric-cars, let oil prices fall. 3.49 cents a gallon is too much. Tell them to pump more Oil into USA.

    March 28, 2014 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. don in albuquerque

    I don't know who advises the President, but they have apparently neglected to tell him that the Saudi's are not our bosom buddies.

    March 29, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |