Obama to visit Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama will travel next month to Saudi Arabia, where he will meet with King Abdullah.

Obama and Abdullah will discuss “the enduring and strategic ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia, as well as ongoing cooperation to advance a range of common interests related to Gulf and regional security, peace in the Middle East, countering violent extremism, and other issues of prosperity and security,” according to a White House statement issued Monday.

Obama last visited Saudi Arabia in 2009.

The kingdom has made it clear that like Israel, it is seeking a tougher U.S. posture toward Iran as talks are underway between the major powers and Iran aimed at keeping the country from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

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