Obama departs Saudi Arabia after short visit

DOHA – United States President Barack Obama left Saudi capital Riyadh on Tuesday after a short visit to Saudi Arabia for talks with new King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

The talks focused on regional and international issues, as well as means to strengthen relations between the two countries.

Observers say that the talks focused on the situation of the international oil market, nuclear talks with Iran, the situations in Yemen and Syria, the war on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group, as well as future relations between the two countries.

The talks were the first to take place between Obama and Salman since the latter's accession to the throne on Saturday following the death of his predecessor, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

Obama reportedly called King Salman two days ago to offer his country's condolences for the death of King Abdullah.

Washington had said that the U.S. president would cut short a visit to India to fly to Riyadh to offer his condolences in person.

Over the past year, Obama – along with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel – conducted a number of visits to the oil-rich kingdom amid tension between the two longstanding allies due to Washington's recent diplomatic overtures towards Iran and perceived inaction on the Syria crisis.

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