Kerry meets Saudi King amid sharp policy differences
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday: "The Saudis are very, very important to all of us. The Saudis are really the senior player in the Arab world together with Egypt," he said before he met King Abdullah. Kerry’s mission in Riyadh was to soothe Saudi disgruntlement over the Obama administration’s policies on Syria and Iran. The Secretary is due in Israel Tuesday night, before meeting Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem Wednesday.