March 29, 2014
Obama Returns to Washington Following Overseas Trip
U.S. President Barack Obama returned to Washington Saturday after wrapping up a week-long diplomatic trip to the Middle East and Europe.
Mr. Obama's trip included a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands, a meeting with European Union and NATO officials in Brussels, and a visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
During the last leg of his trip, Mr. Obama traveled to Saudi Arabia for a meeting King Abdullah.
Their meeting near Riyadh, on Friday, focused mostly on tensions spawned by Syria's civil war and Iran's nuclear program.
Before leaving Riyadh, the president presented the U.S. State Department's Women of Courage award to Maha al-Muneef. He honored the Saudi activist for her role in combating domestic violence.
"Dr. Al-Muneef has been able to not only set up services here in the Kingdom but also more importantly in some ways, been able to pass laws providing protections for women and children for domestic abuse and to provide a safe space and shelter for those who are suffering from domestic abuse."