Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Obama, Saudi King Meet, Discuss Mideast Crises; Agree to Inclusive Approach to Decrease Conflicts

President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia's King Salman agreed on the importance of "an inclusive approach to de-escalating regional conflicts" during a two-hour closed meeting today (April 20, 2016) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, according to the VOA (Voice of America) News website.

In a statement after the meeting at Erga Palace, the White House said the two leaders discussed the "challenges posed by Iran's provocative activities in the [Mideast] region."

Tension between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia has risen in recent months over differing approaches to Iran and the fight against terrorism.

The statement also said, "the president underscored the importance of accelerating the campaign against [Islamic State] and welcomed Saudi Arabia's important role in the coalition" of nations that is fighting the militant group.

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