Saudi king Salman skips summit with Obama, sends crown prince

Saudi King Salman has designated Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef to attend a Gulf Arab summit with President Barack Obama Tuesday in his place. Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said the summit coincides with the start of a five-day humanitarian truce in Yemen and the opening of a humanitarian relief center that carries the Saudi monarch's name. The summit will include all of the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Thursday. It will begin at the White House and then continue at Camp David. Obama is expected to push for a new US-led regional defense system to allay their concerns about – and bring Gulf leaders around to – the nuclear deal.

Kuwait purportedly seeking the purchase of 28 Boeing Co F/A-18E/F Super Hornet advanced fighter jets, valued at over $3 billion.

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