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Obama to meet King Salman over Iran

28 August 2015 11:44


Obama to meet King Salman over Iran

President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will meet in Washington on next Friday to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, the White House says.

Salman’s visit to the US, which will be his first official trip to Washington since he acceded to the throne in January, will come less than two weeks before Congress votes on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached between Iran and the P5+1 in July.

“His visit underscores the importance of the strategic partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Thursday.

The success of Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks is viewed by political experts as a major blow to Israel and Saudi Arabia, who have been the two major critical voices seeking to throw a monkey wrench in the diplomatic process.

Earnest also said that the two leaders will discuss other issues “including our joint security and counterterrorism efforts.”

He said they will discuss ways to expand ties and resolve the ongoing instability in the Middle East region where Saudi Arabia itself is to blame for terrorism.

Besides its war crimes against Yemen, the oil-rich Saudi kingdom has long supported the Takfiri terrorists wreaking havoc in the Middle East. Riyadh has also assisted the allied Al Khalifa regime in neighboring Bahrain in its heavy-handed clampdown on peaceful protests.

Biden to meet Jewish leaders over Iran deal

Earnest also said on Thursday that Vice President Biden will visit Miami next Thursday to meet American Jewish leaders over the Iran accord.

The meeting is part of a two-day visit to the Sunshine State and Biden has been invited to be present at the meeting by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman, who has not announced whether he supports or opposes the deal.

Biden has played a key role in the White House’s lobbying push to gather support for the Iran agreement ahead of a congressional vote on the agreement in September.

In his behind-the-scenes efforts, Biden has privately met with lawmakers and spoke in support of the deal. He went to Capitol Hill last month twice only to seek support from Democratic lawmakers in Congress.

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