Obama Arrives in Saudi Arabia to Begin Mideast Outreachs.wsj.net
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online.wsj.com — President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday for an afternoon and evening of meetings with the Saudi king aimed at addressing vexing issues for the U.S. and the Mideast, but it was unclear what progress was in the offing on the toughest matter, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mr. Obama has made that conflict a priority in the opening months of his administration, and he was looking for help from Saudi King Abdullah, who has taken a leadership role in the past. Also on the agenda were relations with Iran, a complex problem for both nations. Energy prices were also expected to come up in the nation that is the world's leading oil producer.

"I thought it was very important to come to the place where Islam began and to seek his majesty's counsel and to discuss with him many of the issues that we confront here in the Middle East," Mr. Obama told reporters before heading into a bilateral discussion. "I am confident that working together that the United States and Saudi Arabia can make progress on a whole host of issues of mutual interest."

Both Mr. Obama and King Abdullah spoke of the long-standing friendship between their nations and had warm words for one another. Mr. Obama said he was struck by the king's "wisdom and his graciousness," and the king said he wanted to express his best wishes "to the friendly American people who are represented by a distinguished man who deserves to be in this position."

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Posted 1781 days ago
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Is obama more than rhetoric?
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Not today, but hopefully with time it would result in peace.
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