President Barack Obama meets Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman will meet President Barack Obama in Washington Friday, aiming to push him for more support in Riyadh's efforts to counter Iran after it agreed to a deal that would relieve Tehran of international pressure.Despite Saudi disappointment with Obama's push for a nuclear deal with Iran and his lack of direct action against President Bashar Assad in Syria, the U.S. role in Riyadh's war in Yemen shows Washington remains the kingdom's core strategic partner. Many Saudis regard such material American support in the Yemen war as part of Obama's efforts to reassure the kingdom and its Gulf allies that the Iran nuclear deal does not mean Washington will allow Tehran to dominate the Middle East.The next big test of ties between the two countries is likely to be in Syria, where Saudi Arabia has frequently described Assad's use of air raids and artillery on civilian areas as genocidal, and has described Iran's support for militias there as constituting an occupation.
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