FW: Foreign pool report for POTUS and King Salman Bin Abd alAziz

From: Nadia Bilbassy [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Friday, September 4, 2015 1:01 PM
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Subject: Foreign pool report for POTUS and King Salman Bin Abd alAziz

The pool was ushered in around 11:30 , the King and POTUS were chatting when we entered the room in a relaxed atmosphere. The king is dressed in a transitional Saudi white long thoub and head cover and wore a brown Abaya with a gold embroidery hem . He was accompanied in the Oval Office by Foreign Minister , Adel AlJubair , his son , Deputy  Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman , Saudi new ambassador , Prince Abdullah Bin Faisal Bin Turki .

The king spoke in Arabic , his voice was fragile .A translator sat behind him .

He said that he meant to make his first official visit to the United States and not any other country to reflect the deep and long relationship between the two countries that goes back to 1945 . The king stressed the importance of stability in the Middle East , "our relationship is not only useful between us but for the whole World" it will bring civil peace .

He focused on investment and trade in his speech . He didn't mention any specific foreign policy issues  like President Obama did when he mentioned " our shared concern on Yemen and Syria " and the importance of reinstating a stable government in Yemen and work on a transitional government in Syria . POTUS focused on counter terrorism , Iran not having nuclear weapons and countering its negative activities in the region . The president Also talked about economic opportunities in the field of power, education, clean energy, health and science  .

The king spoke in general terms on the deep rooted relations between the two countries and expressed hope that both Americans and Saudi Officials will be visiting each other's capitals regularly.   POTUS will host a closed working lunch for the King and the Saudi delegation .

The King is expected to leave the United States Saturday .

Full transcript will follow soon, POTUS didn't answer any questions .

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Alarabiya News Channel



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