Published On: Tue, Jan 27th, 2015

Obama arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman

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US president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman as they arrive at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on January 27. Jim Bourg / Reuters

Riyadh // US president Barack Obama landed in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to shore up ties with new King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and offer condolences after the death of his predecessor, King Abdullah.

Air Force One touched down at King Khalid International Airport in the capital Riyadh, arriving from India where Mr Obama cut short a state visit to travel to the kingdom, a key US ally.

Saudi television showed King Salman welcoming Mr Obama and his wife Michelle at the bottom of a red-carpeted ramp before a military band played the US and Saudi national anthems.

A row of stars and stripes flags flew beside Saudi Arabia’s green standards.

King Salman’s heir Crown Prince Muqren and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the kingdom’s powerful interior minister who is second in line to the throne, were among the officials who lined up to welcome the US delegation, television showed.

Oil minister Ali Al Naimi was also among the welcoming delegation.

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