Salman bin Abdul Azizi al Saud, king of Saudi Arabia will not meet Obama at the White House or attend the Camp David Summit on Thursday, when USA authorities and leaders of the Gulf will gather. It was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, who explained that the Arabian leader had to decline the invitation because it coincided with the 5 days ceasefire in Yemen, which is divided between those who support Hadi and the Houthi Shiite rebels.
Mohammed bin Nayed, the prince, will attend the meeting with Mohammed bin Salman who is the Minister of Defense. Meanwhile, the White House expressed its understanding for the king’s choice and reassured everyone that there is no crisis in the relation between Washington and Riyad. According to the New York Times, it is the signal of the disappointment of Saudis toward the relation between the USA and Iran, which is its regional enemy”. Arabian leaders are afraid of an increase of power in Teheran due to the 5+1 nuclear program. Other newspapers highlighted a particular characteristic of the king who has never left his country to travel abroad.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa