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Obama to Visit Saudi Arabia Amid Tensions Over Iran, Syria: Report
Reuters ^ | Saturday, February 1, 2014 | Reporting by Roberta Rampton in Washington; Writing by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing Ken Wills

Posted on 01/31/2014 10:11:35 PM PST by kristinn

President Barack Obama plans to travel to Saudi Arabia in March on a mission to smooth tensions with Washington's main Arab ally over U.S. policy on Iran's nuclear program and the civil war in Syria, a newspaper reported.

Obama is preparing to meet with King Abdullah for a summit, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing unnamed Arab officials briefed on the meetings.

"This is about a deteriorating relationship" and declining trust, said a senior Arab official in discussing the need for the summit, which was pulled together in recent days, the newspaper reported.

A White House spokeswoman declined to comment.

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King Abdullah is also to use the meeting to question Obama on why he decided against airstrikes in Syria, which Saudi and other Arab officials believe strengthened Assad, the newspaper reported.

"The meeting in many ways will get back to basics," said a Saudi official briefed on the meetings, according the Wall Street Journal. "Why did Obama do it the way he did it?"

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Egypt; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; egypt; iran; iraq; israel; jordan; lebanon; libya; obama; obamatrip; saudiarabia; saudiarabiatrip; sudan; syria; waronterror
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1 posted on 01/31/2014 10:11:35 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Will he visit the rock?


2 posted on 01/31/2014 10:13:48 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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OMG, the bowing to ensue...

Perhaps he’ll kiss their feet too.

You know, you can’t buy class and this guy hasn’t earned a dollar in his life.

He’s Chicago’s answer to Jed Clampet.


3 posted on 01/31/2014 10:14:08 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: kristinn

Gee, hope nothing goes wrong.


4 posted on 01/31/2014 10:18:10 PM PST by doc1019
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To: kristinn

Lets hope he doesn’t f things up too badly. I still hold out hope of being able to visit the Kingdom once more some day; I want to share the incredible night skies I saw during Desert Storm with my wife.

At this rate, I’m not likely to be able to manage that anytime soon unless I happen to buddy up to one of the Princes.


5 posted on 01/31/2014 10:28:50 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: doc1019

t’would be such a pity


6 posted on 01/31/2014 10:30:15 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: kristinn

His master’s voice.


7 posted on 01/31/2014 10:30:43 PM PST by faithhopecharity (C?)
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Just checking in with one of his bosses.

8 posted on 01/31/2014 10:31:13 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: kristinn
Why? He has no diplomacy skills. His bag of tricks consists of a teleprompter and a speech accompanied by his fabulous smile and swiveling head.
9 posted on 01/31/2014 10:43:54 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: doc1019

I share your....your.......your....concern.


10 posted on 01/31/2014 10:57:16 PM PST by Reagan‹berAlles
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To: kristinn

Lets hope he never comes back, the Arabs can keep him


11 posted on 01/31/2014 11:03:21 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: kristinn

The XL Pipeline will be cancelled for “environmental reasons” when
Zero returns.


12 posted on 01/31/2014 11:06:09 PM PST by alpo (What would Selco do?)
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To: kristinn

More bows and ring kissing, huh?


13 posted on 01/31/2014 11:07:34 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: F15Eagle

Yep...


15 posted on 01/31/2014 11:15:36 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: DoughtyOne

He’s Chicago’s answer to Jed Clampet.


Hate the analogy. Jed had no access to higher education. He was actually smart and full of common sense. Plus he wasn’t evil.


16 posted on 01/31/2014 11:20:30 PM PST by o-n-money
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To: Sarah Barracuda

It’s what I pray for...that he never comes back. After all, he loves to vacation and pleasure himself...one of these days his “vacation” will be permanent, for which I will give thanks to the Lord.


17 posted on 02/01/2014 12:52:07 AM PST by itssme
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To: Reagan√úberAlles

OK I’ll say it, keep the SOB.


18 posted on 02/01/2014 1:18:34 AM PST by exnavy (Fish or cut bait ...Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: kristinn

Putting Mooschelle in a Burqa for the visit might be a Saudi prerequisite. It ain’t Hawaii over there for her royal big behineyness to enjoy taxpayer lavished bennies.


19 posted on 02/01/2014 2:05:07 AM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: kristinn

The Tyrant will tell them to HIDE, while Iran nukes
Israel and the USA. After all, HE is protected
and he wants his desired ‘final solution’ to both.


20 posted on 02/01/2014 2:44:42 AM PST by Diogenesis
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