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President Obama and King Salman met in January 2015

US president sets off on Saudi visit

WT24 Desk

President Barack Obama is beginning a visit to Saudi Arabia at a time of strained relations between the US and Gulf countries, BBC reports.  As well as meeting King Salman, he will sit with leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter is on the trip with him. Mr Carter said they would be seeking help with military and naval operations to counter Iran’s “destabilising activities” in the region.

Later in the week, President Obama will travel to the UK and Germany. The US support for the lifting of sanctions against Iran has damaged relations with Saudi Arabia, Iran’s biggest rival in the region.

And a bill that is being considered in the US at the moment could potentially allow American citizens to sue Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 attacks.

The GCC includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.

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