US President’s visit to Saudi Arabia raises eyebrows in the Middle East

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Saudi's Haj Minister Fouad Al-Farsy and Saudi's Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi (C) Oil Minister upon his arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh June 2009. Image by U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Saudi's Haj Minister Fouad Al-Farsy and Saudi's Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi (C) Oil Minister upon his arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh June 2009. Image Zamanalsamt for
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Saudi's Haj Minister Fouad Al-Farsy and Saudi's Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi (C) Oil Minister upon his arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh June 2009. Image by U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Saudi's Haj Minister Fouad Al-Farsy and Saudi's Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi (C) Oil Minister upon his arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh June 2009. Image Zamanalsamt for[email protected]/

CAIRO, Egypt, March 22, 2014 – After three years of strained relations between Saudi Arabia and the US, President Obama plans to visit the country during the last week of March. President Obama will meet with King Abdullah to discuss security issues in the gulf as well as bilateral relations.

Strains between the United States and the Gulf countries have increased with American efforts to forge a deal with Iran, lack of action on the Syrian crisis and Washington’s support for the “Arab Spring” and the resulting Muslim Brotherhood wins in several Middle Eastern countries.

American-Saudi relations deteriorated when the U.S. lead Western efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran while failing to require strict concessions from Tehran. Iran is Saudi’s regional opponent, and Saudi Arabia and Iran actively work to court influence in the region while countering expansion by the other. Saudi Arabia is one of the most influential Sunni Muslim countries in the Arab world, and Iran is the headquarters of Shi’ite Islam.

Secretary of State John Kerry visited Saudi Arabia last year and again in January 2014 as part of efforts to address Saudi’s concerns and discuss peace and security in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister Mohamed Bin Naïf met with White House officials to discuss co-operation and efforts to curb extremism and terrorism in the Middle East.

Other countries in the Middle East are also watching the meeting. The summit will review the Arab countries co-operations in the fields of counter-terrorism, security and economic relations. Some political analyst in Egypt speculated that the stability and security in Egypt is on the agenda of the American- Saudi discussions.

On March 21, 2014 in Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour emphasized the importance of Gulf security to the whole region as well as to Egypt’s Stability. Addressing the editors in chief of Kuwait as the hosts the Arab summit on March 25-28-2014, Mansour described Egypt’s ties with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as deep-rooted and strong.

The two sides likely will also address the growing Sunni-Shi’ite conflict around the region, and Saudi Arabia’s support for Sunni groups, including militants.

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Anwaar Abdalla
Anwaar Abadallah Khalik Ibrahim has her Ph.D. from Ain Shams University (1999, first degree honour) and currently lectures on Civilization and Cultural Affairs for Helwan University. Dr. Abdalla Kahlik Ibrahim also works as an official coordinator for the cultural exchange program between Helwan Uni and TSU in the USA entitled “Cultural Immersion 2011-2014.” Additionally, Ms. Abdallah is a member of the Egyptian and Arab women’s writer’s union and the Cairo Women Association. She is also the translator of several books published by the Ministry of Culture including Shadows on the Grass, Impossible Peace and The Secret Rapture. Dr. Ibrahim is also an accomplished author and essayist in both Arabic and English publications.
  • IngeC

    Saudi Arabia is the headquarters for Wahhabists – radical jihadist ideology and, practiced throughout the maddrasses. Concerns about ‘terror’ coming from Saudi Arabia is rich. They are experts in that field.
    Obama needs another vacation and, that is just that. Is michelle and entourage going as well? As she stated a couple of days ago while in China: “It is rare that I have an opportunity to travel out of Washington, DC!” Think about that – while she just flew to China she complains that she can’t travel.
    Obama needs to stop his world wide sightseeing tours and, start working!

    • kayeellen

      O my dear … he’s working … trust me …. they’re all working.

      • NHConstitutionalist

        I suppose so if you call throwing monkey wrenches into manure piles work, then you are correct. But then what can one expect when you hire someone and that’s their only qualification? After-all, he’s organized communities to do just that.

    • SAUD

      If you don’t know about Saudi Arabia, please don’t speak. All your information is WRONG. This is what your media tells YOU.

      • Reiki-ology Master Healing

        Then fill us in on what is really going on.

  • WVgirl

    Will he bow to the King of Saudi?

    • reggiemay

      He will bow and thank him for his college tuition and campaign funds.

  • Kachina Lively

    Obama…there is a thing called, Skype!

  • Globe Warmer

    Maybe he’ll stay there…

  • Debby Ward

    you mean he is going there to make more back door deals against the US citizens wishes..

  • robertdavidhummel

    Obamaghazi-aka-B. HUSSEIN Obama-aka-POTUS, ……….YOUR > >>ADMINISTRATION CZAR’s, and YOUR>>> Democratic LED Senate.

    “We The People”, “””ARE”””, Armed with a lot more than… “OUR”, … Voice Vote in 2014….PERIOD. …(TFAO-OGIH…NMTDNSTGDF…PERIOD)

    May Our Creator Lead, Guide and Bless YOUR Personal Governmental Leadership,
    Truth ➡ Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children — with Toby Watson.

  • international politics student

    The most striking thing about this is that now that the MB is out of the picture in the Egyptian political scene, and Saudi Arabia were upset by Obama’s support to their claims; now he feels the need to maintain relations with Saudi seeing that they are a stable power in the region as well as for the importance of what the world is going crazy over….BLACK GOLD

    • thinkingabovemypaygrade

      the US could drill/frack much more of its own energy. We need not kow tow to middleeast despots…

  • PapaBear1130

    I wonder if they will remind him that they called him a terrorist threat a few weeks back?

    • blackyb

      Sort of like that phony wrestling on TV?

  • sweetie

    If he bows to their king, I hope every news station picks it us, and shows it over and over again before this years elections, and then 2016. We need to get a muslim out of our white house.

    • Walid El Batouty

      Islam has nothing to do with Obama’s act he is supporting terrorist & we don’t say Americans are supporting we just say Obama so please stop making the gap bigger we need to promot the love between us not the heat

  • del

    Who’s to blame for the paranoia of the Saudis and the Muslim faith-ers? Obviously the Saudis and the Muslims.

  • blackyb

    Who has the arrest warrent on Obama over there?

  • troutabout

    What was it that he said before his first election that “we should be paying $5 a gallon for gas” ? Who was he really trying to help out with that idea ?

    • Paul Singh

      He felt that we were not paying our fair share like the rest of the world. So HE made it so that the price of gas would go up…What a guy.

  • Farleyagain

    He’s going to get his orders. This is why he doesn’t need to attend National Security briefings.

  • keribari

    Please dont refer to the Americans handling of some is not the Americans decision..Obama does not speak for the good of the country or its legal citizens… he speaks for his circle of people who dont have a clue about American culture or histories…only the destruction of our values with his secret cronies and financiers.

    • NHConstitutionalist

      You are right about not blaming all Americans, but it was 51% of the dip squats and free shh-itters who voted for this fraud, and the others who were too damm lazy to to get off their butts and vote because they don’t give a damm or like pouting children their guy didn’t get nominated.
      But the fan is there, along with the manure pile, and when that fan really starts to blow they’ll yell the loudest.

  • Mike Bullock

    I bet Obama kisses his ring, Obama is a Muslim, he hates the USA

  • thinkingabovemypaygrade

    This current US administration, so far, seems incredibly naiive concerning foreign relations. The US seems to get “played”!!!

    And the US seems to be subservient to some…Pres. O has bowed low (physically bowed low…as at least one picture shows) before some Middleeast leaders….
    (Meanwhile the US will pound on Israel to give the concessions…You know,Israel… that tiny sliver of land in the large Arab world. )

    Maybe this March meeting will mean Pres. O will again drag his feet and NOT allow the US to use more of its own energy…

    Hoping I am wrong & some actual good comes out of the meeting. But truly Pres. O and his followers seem to be ignorant of history, including our past joint history with some of our allies.

    • NHConstitutionalist

      Ignorant? or Deliberately sabotaging the US. I’ll go with deliberate. Given he wants to fundamentally change America. The idiot refuses to drill for our own oil how stupid and evil is that? Want to tell us that isn’t deliberate? That’s one solution to get us out of the economic h3ll hole he’s dug for this country so we wouldn’t need ME oil.
      Damm fool doesn’t have any bargaining chips to deal with no one respects him except the fools that voted for him and his boot licking sycophants.

  • Byron Shutt

    And he goes there with a bankrupt foreign policy.

  • Justin

    I just read that Israeli embassies around the world are closing — haha
    due to “work strikes” (yeah, sure). Something BIG is afoot!

  • Dione Smith

    A little suspicious that he feels safe enough to travel there at all, much less, going with giving them notice. I guess he knows he has nothing fear, hmmmmm!

  • flamengo1265

    I hope he goes via Malaysia Air.

  • Barbara Straub

    Anyone find it interesting that his wife is not with him on a trip to Saudi Arabia-again?

    • Nanaof3kids

      He’s a muslim. Can’t take his wife.

  • marcyharris92

    To the kingdom from which most of the 9/11 Terrorists came? How low will Obama bow this time while kissing the kings ring. He must be there for new instructions on how to destroy the free world–the only place Obama puts America first.