RIYADH: US President Barack Obama landed in the Saudi capitalWednesday afternoon to address a packed agenda including talks with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and a high-profile GCC-US summit on Thursday.
People watched Air Force One from the neighborhoods in Riyadh as it approached the runway at Riyadh airport.
It is the first visit of Obama since the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal.
From regional stability to the fight against Daesh, to containing Iran’s destabilizing activities, the two-day visit could lay the ground to Obama’s administration’s legacy in Middle East region that is facing turmoil.
The US and the GCC are the largest stakeholders in the region. The US president will also face questions on US efforts to end wars in Syria and Yemen, while trying to ease tensions with the Gulf countries.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with his GCC counterparts here Wednesday only hours before Obama’s arrival to discuss the agenda of the US-GCC summit that includes ways to counter Iran, fight Daesh and exert more efforts to ensure peace and security in the region. .. see more