WEB DESK – As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remained staunch critique of White House’s policies on Iran and Syria, President Barack Obama called on Saudi King Abdullah seeking to regain the lost trust of longstanding ally in the Gulf.
According to the details published in American and international media outlets, Obama assured King Abdullah that the US will not accept a bad deal with Iran, as global powers negotiate a treaty reining in Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme.
“The president underscored how much he values this strategic relationship”, a senior US administration official said, after Obama met for some two hours with the king on a royal estate outside Riyadh.
In an interview aired on US television later Friday, Obama defended his administration’s decision not to use military force in Syria, saying that the US has its limits.
The US leader’s comments came in an interview taped ahead of his visit to Saudi Arabia, which was angered by his 11th-hour decision last year to pull back from strikes against the Syrian regime over its use of chemical weapons in the country’s civil war.
Saudi Arabia, allied with other Sunni regimes of Arab world including united Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain now openly supporting Syrian rebels against the government of Bashar al-Assad. The Sunni regimes of Arab also cite Iran and its nuclear programme as a potential threat to their monarchies and often blame the post Islamic revolution regime in Iran of supporting Shia elements in Arab world.
Interestingly, first time in four decades a Bahrain’s king visited Pakistan and reportedly sought military relationships with the only declared nuclear arsenal state. Moreover, recently, Saudi Arabia had also bestowed a mysterious gift of $ 1.5 billion to Pakistan after which a beefed up debate in the country started over the issue that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lead government waned to send troops in Syria, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to help and train rebels.