Obama to attend GCC summit in Saudi Arabia next month

WASHINGTON, March 16 (KUNA) — US President Barack Obama will visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on April 21, the White House announced on Wednesday.
While there, he will participate in a summit with leaders from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the announcement said.
“Hosted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the gathering will be an opportunity for leaders to review progress in strengthening US-GCC security cooperation since the productive Camp David Summit hosted by President Obama in May 2015,” the statement said.
It will also provide an opportunity for leaders to discuss additional steps to intensify pressure on the so-called Islamic State (IS), address regional conflicts, and de-escalate regional and sectarian tensions, it said.
Obama will then travel to Britain, where he will be received in London by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Palace for a private lunch, the statement said. He also will be hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street for a bilateral meeting and joint press conference, it said.
The President will conclude his travel by visiting Germany, where, as previously announced, he will participate in the Hannover Messe — the world’s largest trade show for industrial technology — and meet Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“The President’s participation in the Hannover Messe — a first for a sitting U.S. President — presents a unique opportunity to showcase American innovation and ingenuity and to highlight the United States as a prime investment destination,” the statement said. (end) rm.mt