Saudi Arabia's King Salman is seen during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Erga Palace in Riyadh, in this January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Discontent with American policy toward Iran is behind the last-minute pullout by Saudi King Salman from a summit with US President Barack Obama this week, analysts said.Obama invited Salman along with five other Gulf rulers to the White House on Wednesday followed by a retreat the following day at Camp David.The White House hopes the talks will ease the Gulf's deep unease over negotiations with Iran, and Obama's perceived disengagement from the region.A framework agreement between Iran and the United States, France and other major powers, currently being finalised, limits Tehran's nuclear capabilities in return for the lifting of crippling international sanctions.In place of Salman, Saudi Arabia is dispatching two powerful figures, Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef, and Salman's son, Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman.Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Salman would miss the gathering "due to the timing of the summit," which coincides with a five-day ceasefire in Yemen to begin at 2000 GMT on Tuesday, and with the opening of a humanitarian aid centre for the neighbouring country.
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