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President Barack Obama to pay respects to new Saudi King

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U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in order to meet and pay his respects to the newly appointed monarch, King Salman, and the family of the late King Abdullah, the White House said Saturday.

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Vice President Joe Biden was originally to have led a delegation to Saudi Arabia on Obama’s behalf.

However, the schedule for the President’s departure from India has been adjusted to allow Obama to stop in Riyadh himself on his way home, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

Funeral services were held Friday for King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud, who died earlier in the day. He was 90.

World leaders are now traveling to Saudi Arabia to offer condolences for Abdullah’s death and pay their respects to the new ruler.

Abdullah was seen by many as a cautious reformer who succeeded in securing broader freedoms in the conservative kingdom, but fell short in gaining greater independence for women.

His successor, who is 79, faces a number of challenges as he takes up the reins, including Iran, the rise of ISIS, the crisis in Yemen and the drop in oil prices.

Obama is due to arrive in New Delhi on Sunday, on a trip intended to foster progress in U.S.-India ties.

On Monday, he will become the first American president to headline India’s Republic Day parade, standing beside Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Earnest said Obama’s schedule had been changed in coordination with the Indian government and that he would now be leaving India after giving a speech on Tuesday.

“The President regrets that he will be unable to visit Agra during this trip,” Earnest said. Agra is where the spectacular Taj Mahal mausoleum is located.

Biden will now remain in Washington.


7 Comments on "President Barack Obama to pay respects to new Saudi King"

  1. Davy on Sat, 24th Jan 2015 6:45 am 

    I bet there will be some frank talk going on in the marble palace with Obee and Salman. I would love to be a fly on the president seat in some plush room with the new KSA monarch listening in. Maybe I wouldn’t because I would start howling in laughter and the royal servant would swat me dead. I better just sit in my comfy chair here on the doomstead and imagine and laugh. It is safer.

  2. paulo1 on Sat, 24th Jan 2015 9:19 am 

    I wonder if his jaw hurts practicing his ass kissing? This is sickening. Yemen just fell, Syria is in flames, Iraq is….Iraq, Iran is playing him and the whole freaking ME is a tinderbox in a firworks factory. KSA could soon fall into upheaval or under attack. And he is paying respects to a totalitarian Monarch that promotes weekly beheadings.

    Maybe he can stay there. Obama makes me sick with his weakness and lack of vision and values.

  3. beattyford on Sat, 24th Jan 2015 10:03 am 

    He couldn’t go to Paris but he can go to Saud where they behead people????

  4. Plantagenet on Sat, 24th Jan 2015 1:07 pm 

    I’m OK with obama going to see the new king. I just hope he doesn’t start bowing and scraping again like he he always does when he meets royalty.

  5. GregT on Sat, 24th Jan 2015 3:03 pm 

    I’m sure that the world is glad to hear that you are OK with Obama going to see the new king Plant.

    If Obama wielded the power I’m sure that the new King would be coming to the White House to pay his respects to Obama.

  6. Makati1 on Sat, 24th Jan 2015 7:15 pm 

    Obamination will need a lot of chap-stick after kissing so many asses in a short time. He is going to India to try to offset China’s inroads with the new Indian Prez and then to KSA to kiss the wrinkled as of the new dictator there. Going to be an interesting week. Remember the Greeks are voting today.

  7. Makati1 on Sat, 24th Jan 2015 7:36 pm 

    “… “The world will remember one thing only of King Abdullah, the late king of Saudi Arabia” ventured Pryce-Jones, “and that is how President Barack Obama bowed before him in obeisance. Democracy was seen paying dues to absolute monarchy” (National Review Online, Jan 23).[1]”

    And the beat goes on…

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