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Saudi king to visit US, France, Canada

Saudi King Abdullah is to pay an official visit to Washington to meet US President Barack Obama at the White House on June 29.

Obama and Abdullah plan to discuss mutual ties, said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Sunday, adding that Obama was looking forward to a meeting with the 86-year-old monarch for talks on a wide range of issues, including regional and global matters.

Abdullah also plans to visit Paris, where he is to meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has invited him to be a foreign guest of honor at the July 14th Bastille Day celebrations.

The Saudi monarch was in Casablanca, Morocco on Saturday, on a private visit. He is scheduled to head to Toronto, Canada, to attend the G20 summit on June 26-27.

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