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Obama, Saudi King to Discuss Syria, Iran

US President Barack Obama waves on his departure on Air Force One at Fiumicino Airport, March 28, 2014 in Rome.
US President Barack Obama waves on his departure on Air Force One at Fiumicino Airport, March 28, 2014 in Rome.
Scott Bobb
President Barack Obama arrives in Saudi Arabia Friday at the end of a weeklong trip to Europe. High on the agenda are Syria, the turmoil in the region and the faltering Middle East peace talks.
 
President Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia comes amid growing strains in relations with the United States and rifts among Middle Eastern nations due to the widening conflict in Syria.
 
A U.S. diplomat based in Saudi Arabia said the trip was aimed at advancing what was termed a range of common security-related interests, including the situation in Iran and Syria, talks between Israel and the Palestinians and the effort to counter violent extremism.
 
The Saudi-based al-Arabiya network said results of the Obama-Abdallah talks could boost stability and prosperity throughout the region.
 
The three-year conflict in Syria has heightened sectarian tensions throughout the Middle East. And the turmoil in Egypt has strained relations in the Arab world.
 
Following a summit of the Arab League in Kuwait Wednesday, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah said Arab nations are still trying to resolve differences between backers and opponents of Islamist movements in the region.
 
As for reconciliation, he says, Arab leaders have discussed the challenges, responsibilities and aspirations of Arab nations for common ground to solve the problem.
 
Obama's trip to the Saudi kingdom comes amid U.S. diplomatic efforts to sustain the faltering Middle East peace talks. These talks, aimed at reviving direct negotiations between the two parties, are due to expire in April but have faltered in recent months.
 
Israel is due to release a fourth and final group of 26 Palestinian prisoners in the coming days as part of the deal that revived the talks. But the release is coming under sharp criticism from hard-line politicians and some family members of victims of attacks carried out by the imprisoned Palestinians.
 
Palestinian negotiators say if the prisoners are not released they will not continue the talks.
 
Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been mediating the talks for the past eight months, met in Amman Wednesday with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah.
 
The Jordanian monarch afterward reiterated the Arab position.

"We insist that establishing a Palestinian state with full sovereignty - based on the two-state solution, international resolutions and the Arab peace initiatives - is the foundation for ending to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," he said.
 
Earlier this month Obama met separately in Washington with Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an effort to move the talks forward. However, both visitors returned home showing little indication of compromise

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by: ali baba from: new york
March 28, 2014 12:45 PM
Saudi is the main reason of the conflict In Syria. they are supplying money to rebel. they imported jihadist from around the world to kill people in Syria . rebels are raping woman and called sexual Jihad. I think that Obama might demonstrate a poor judgment if Obama believe that Saudi are peace maker. look at the history 19 hijacker whom attacked world trade center are from Saudi . look who supply money and weapon to madrassa to train future terrorist. I think that Mr. Obama trip to Saudi is a waste. do not expect a miracle could happen from barbaric Saudi

by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
March 28, 2014 12:38 PM
I cannot understand why SAUDI ARABIA (call them self as custodian of two holy mosques) feel pleasure with their hand full of Muslim Blood. I never saw in my life their strong action against Israel who is against all Muslim countries in the world. Israel and SA are cooperating each other to topple Govt in Syria and Iran. Every body knows dirty role of Saudi Arabia in killing of so many innocent peoples in Syria,Iraq,Lebanon,Egypt,Afghanistan,Bahrain and in Pakistan and all in the name of ISLAM. Show me any ayat in QURAN which gives power to SA to kill fellow muslims in the name of ISLAM.

AL QAIDA AND TALIBAN are the products of Saudi Arabia. What they have done in the last 30 years, they kill human beings in the name of ISLAM. AL QAIDA AND TALIBAN never build any hospital,school,college. They always build training centre to kill fellow muslim in the name of ISLAM.Islam never teach us to kill Jew,Christian,Hindu and any human being in the name of Islam. Islam is a religion of peace and love. SA is showing a very very dirty picture of Islam, which is wrong. Saudi Arabia has their own brand of Islam which says every other Muslim is KAFIR and they are pure. God will tell them on the day of judgement what you have done against wealth given by me. Give food or taken food,water,electricity and shelter from poor Muslims.

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
March 28, 2014 9:26 AM
Hope the Saudi King will learn his lesson and put his card in the right box. Obama is there to play joker with anybody, that is what he's paid to do. Politics is played like a game. In Iran they elected Rouhani to seeks ways of softening diplomatic ground for Iran and its policies, and that is being done. At least it has taken off smoothly. USA chose Obama to reopen ties with Iran. While we see that having a hiccup because the Ayatollahs out there want to look, be sure before they leap, that too seems to be making a headway.

Definitely Saudi Arabia will become a second fiddle by the time a deal is forged with Iran. The obviousness of it is that Iran is endowed with more resources - economically, scientifically and marketplace - than Saudi Arabia. Even if Saudi Arabia has the world's greatest volume of crude oil, Iran also has it in great quantities too, especially also possessing threatening technology in the region which thus far only Israel had boasted of. The world seems not willing to stagnate on oil alone in the face of alternative energy availability too. Therefore the Saudi King should make good use of the opportunity to tell Mr. President to his face; 'we understand your moves and we have decided to move on without you, goodbye'.

Don't be left in the lurch, that is the message. Because the winners takes it all, the loser standing small. (Abba). However, the King may have another ace to play in his pack of cards - the al qaida. If the King plays his card well, he can promise to bring al qaida under check, and he will be in business again with USA, and may even win a proposal for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council as a superpower to bring the terror networks under control.

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