The media felt dismissive reception of Obama in Saudi Arabia


The arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama in Riyadh on Wednesday passed without a significant proportion of the pomp and solemnity that often accompanies his official visit, wrote to the newspaper the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper notes that prior to Board Air Force One laid out the red carpet and out of the plane, Obama met “a handful of Saudi officials.” However, the leader of Saudi Arabia’s king Salman at that time welcomed the heads of States of the Persian Gulf in another airport and met with Obama only at a bilateral meeting at the Palace, the newspaper notes.

The reception of Barack Obama at the airport also drew the attention of the American TV channel NBC News. He recalled that in 2008 George Bush, then held the post of President of the United States and went on a visit to Saudi Arabia, “were warmly met at the airport by the late king Abdullah”.

CNN notes that social media welcome Obama called dismissive. The absence of king Salman at the airport was not perceived as an insult, TV channel, citing the us official, who also noted that Obama rarely meets leaders of foreign States arriving in the United States. But CNN believes that the admission of the President of the USA can be regarded “as another indication that the relationship, long maziausias barrels of oil, collided with friction”.

“In social networks, the Saudis were quick to note that state television were carefully covered the arrival of leaders of the countries of the Persian Gulf, which the king Salman have met on the tarmac with hugs and kisses, while Obama took a much smaller delegation led by Governor of Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia,” writes the newspaper the New York Times. She pointed out that the arrival of the President of the United States in Riyadh, state television has not shown.

“U.S. officials said that did not take a meeting at the airport a disdainful attitude toward Obama, and noted that the Saudis offered to arrange for the President of a big party with much more Royal pomp and solemnity, but because of schedule Obama was forced to come too late for that”, — the newspaper notes.

Barack Obama arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday. On the same day he held a bilateral meeting with Saudi Arabia’s king Salman, which lasted two hours. On Thursday, Obama will participate in the summit of the cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Persian Gulf, in which, in addition to Saudi Arabia includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. From Saudi Arabia, Obama will head for a visit to the UK and then to Germany.

Newspaper the Wall Street Journal calls Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia is difficult. Earlier in the meeting with the Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull Obama on the question of whether Saudi Arabia and the USA are friends, said: “It’s complicated”. This conversation described the American edition of the Atlantic, when in March published an interview with the President of the United States. Given that Obama’s nine months as head of state, this visit could very well be his “last best chance to leave a foreign policy legacy in the region”, writes the WSJ.