U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. President Barack Obama hailed America's "extraordinary friendship" with Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, as he hosted skeptical Gulf leaders at the White House for a summit beset by disagreements and royal no-shows.Five other Gulf leaders -- but only two heads of state -- are expected to arrive at the White House later in the day.Despite close ties stretching back decades, the United States and the conservative Gulf monarchies have never been easy allies.After the Arab Spring, President Obama has pointedly warned that closed Gulf monarchical systems must reform if they are to survive.
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