United States President Barack Obama is scheduled to discuss shared concerns about the turmoil in Yemen, against the Islamic State militants. Obama is leading to Saudi Arabia’s capital to offer condolences after the death of King Abdullah, Salman’s brother. ” Principally, this is to mark this transition in leadership and to pay respects to the family and people of Saudi Arabia.”
Washington needs Saudi Arabia as much as ever, even though the United States does not rely as heavily on the world’s leading oil exporter. Saudi Arabia has backed the United States fighting the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.