Obama arrives in Saudi on fence-mending visit

US presidents visits Riyadh hoping to improve ties with America's longtime ally

Obama arrives in Saudi on fence-mending visit

World Bulletin / News Desk

US President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday hoping to ease tensions with longtime ally Riyadh.

Dressed in a grey suit, Obama emerged at 1:14 pm (10:14 GMT) and descended the steps of Air Force One at the Saudi capital's King Khalid International Airport.

During his two-day visit, the fourth of his eight years as president, Obama is to meet Saudi King Salman and attend a Gulf summit, in which he hopes to focus discussions on the fight against extremist groups and efforts to end wars in Syria and Yemen.

Tensions between Riyadh and Washington have increased due to what Saudi Arabia sees as Obama's disengagement from the region and tilt towards its rival Iran.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Nisan 2016, 13:43