Saudi’s King Salman to visit the US in September

Saudi’s King Salman to visit the US in September

The King’s visit next month will be his 1st official trip to the US since ascending the throne earlier this year 

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will make his 1st official visit to the United States on 4 September, according to the Kingdom’s diplomatic sources.

King Salman will meet with the US President Barack Hussein Obama on 5 September, while he will also attend a US-Saudi forum in Washington between 4 and 6 September.

The forum will focus on sectors such as energy, health, petrochemicals and financial services, several media reports have quoted sources as saying.

The  Obama White House is yet to confirm King Salman’s visit.

The visit comes after the US and 6 UN world powers agreed to a nuclear accord with Iran, Saudi Arabia’s regional rival.

The US’ recent deal with Iran has caused a rift between the long-time allies, analysts note.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries have endorsed the deal with Iran publicly but have concerns that the lifting of the Western sanctions could embolden Tehran to stir up unrest in the region.

Saudi, which shares a border with Yemen, is especially concerned that Iran could cause problems through its border line with the embattled country.

The Gulf country’s fears have partially proven true after security forces uncovered a weapons cache in Kuwait, allegedly funded by Iran-backed Hezbollah. Bahrain, another Gulf country that is geographically close to Iran, has also foiled attacks that it claims are funded by Tehran.

By Mary Sophia

Paul Ebeling, Editor

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