King Abdullah receives U.S. President Barak Obama

March 28, 2014

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received U.S. President Barak Obama today at his residence in Rawdat Khuraim, on the outskirts of Riyadh.

President Obama began his visit to the Kingdom earlier today. At King Khalid International Airport, he was greeted by Riyadh Governor Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz; Deputy Riyadh Governor Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz; U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom Joseph Westphal; Director General of King Khalid International Airport Yusuf bin Ibrahim Al-Abdan; and the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh.

A reception ceremony was held, during which the President was received by Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz; Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal; Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz; and Head of the Crown Prince’s Court Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Then, the Crown Prince accompanied President Obama to the residence of King Abdullah. After exchanging friendly talk, King Abdullah and President Obama held a meeting, during which they discussed strengthening bilateral relations in ways that will benefit both countries. The two sides also reviewed the latest regional and international developments, focusing particularly on the Palestinian cause and the situation in Syria.

The meeting was attended by Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz; Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal; Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz; and Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.

The U.S. delegation included U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry; U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice; U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom Joseph Westphal; and Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf States Phil Gordon.