Obama, Saudi King discuss differences on Mid East issues

President Barack Obama and King Abdullah spent two hours over dinner Friday night discussing their differences over Iran, Syria and the extremist threat as well as Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. No other meetings were scheduled for Obama’s flying visit to Riyadh. The king was attended by senior princes led by Crown Prince Salman, the newly-appointed second in line to the throne, Prince Muqrin, and Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal. Obama’s party was led by Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice. The 92-year old monarch was connected to an oxygen feed, but he impressed his American visitors as sharp-witted and shrewd as ever. The White House stated after the meeting that the two leaders talked about ways to prevent Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon.

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