Obama aides consult Saudis ahead of Riyadh visit

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef al Saud attends the opening session of GCC Interior Ministers' Conference in ManamaPresident Barack Obama’s advisers consulted a top Saudi Arabia official ahead of Obama’s visit to Riyadh in late March in a flurry of White House activities relating to the Middle East. Obama will visit Saudi Arabia as part of a trip that will also take him to Europe. He has some fence-mending to do with the Saudis, who have been concerned that the U.S. drive for a nuclear agreement with Iran will end sanctions against Tehran too quickly. Two top White House officials – national security adviser Susan Rice and homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco – met on Wednesday with Saudi Arabia’s powerful Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.

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