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Barack Obama and King Salman during the US-Saudi Summit

Riyadh-The Saudi-US summit, which was convened in Riyadh on Wednesday, tackled the situation in the Middle East region and international efforts put to end crises the region is facing, including fighting terrorism.

U.S. President Barack Obama met with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz at HRH’s palace in Riyadh ahead of a summit with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The two parties discussed bilateral relations, and at the beginning of the session King Salman welcomed the U.S. President while the latter said he was glad to visit Saudi Arabia and meet its King.

Moreover, the two parties participated in the GCC-US summit which was held today. The summit represented an opportunity for leaders to discuss issues such as ISIS, regional conflicts and sectarian tensions and offer a great chance for the Gulf leaders and the United States to work on more security cooperation, especially after the latest Camp David summit that was held in May 2015 and was hosted by President Barack Obama.

The summit today also discussed the situation in Yemen, where Iran is fighting a proxy war by aiding Houthi militants and terror groups, methods that should be used to exert more pressure on ISIS, in addition to facing conflicts in the Middle East, amidst the instability and insecurity faced by some countries such as Syria, Libya and Iraq.

The King-Obama talks were attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz; Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz; Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Riyadh Governor; Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, National Guard Minister; Prince Dr Mansour bin Mutaib bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Cabinet’s Member and Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Adel Al-Jubeir, foreign minister; Adel Al-Turaifi, culture and information minister; Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki, Saudi ambassador to the US.

A large number of U.S. officials have accompanied Obama in this trip. His entourage included CIA Director John Brennan, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, U.S. Secretary Defense Ash Carter, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Joseph W. Westphal, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communication for U.S. President Barack Obama Benjamin J. Rhodes and White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

On Wednesday, the U.S. President arrived with his accompanying delegation to Riyadh and was received at King Khalid Airport’s Royal Lounge by Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Riyadh Police Chief Maj. Gen. Saud Al Hilal, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Joseph W. Westphal, Director General of King Khalid Airport Abdulaziz Abu Harba, representative of the Royal Protocol and members from the U.S Embassy in Saudi Arabia.

Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa said “the summit clearly reflects outstanding relations between GCC countries and the US, and underlines success of dialogue as an approach and continuous consultation on various issues.”

He added that “the summit would help tackle the grave regional and international challenges, boost regional peace and security and achieve aspirations of the people of this region.”