President Obama set to visit Saudi Arabia next month

By Kyle Johnson,

President Barack Obama is set to visit Saudi Arabia in March, where he will look to strengthen ties between the two countries, which have become slightly frayed.

BBC News reports that Obama will travel to Riyadh to speak with the King Abdullah as there are worries in Saudi Arabia over the Obama administration's Middle East policies, such as conducting nuclear talks with Iran that so far have not proved fruitful.

The country is especially annoyed with the U.S. over its inaction against Syria when it was revealed the country had used chemical weapons on rebels. Riyadh also has expressed unhappiness with Obama's refusal to help the Syrian rebels more.

According to The Washington Post, the visit to the country, will be the first since the Arab Spring uprisings.

Jay Carney, White House press secretary, spoke with reporters and said, "Saudi Arabia is a close partner of the United States, and we have a bilateral relationship that is broad and deep and covers a range of areas."

The trip will follow Obama's trip to the Netherlands for the Nuclear Security Summit. After that, he travels to Brussels and then on to Vatican City to mee with Pope Francis.

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