Obama and King Salman walk together following their meeting at Erga Palace in Riyadh. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia's King Salman discussed the ties between their countries during a two-hour-long meeting Wednesday, a conversation that touched on conflicts around the Middle East and U.S. concerns about human rights in the kingdom.Obama huddled privately with the Saudi king at Erga Palace as Defense Secretary Ash Carter appealed to other Gulf nations for more economic and political support for Iraq, echoing themes Obama planned to emphasize personally in talks with Gulf leaders at a regional summit.A senior Obama administration official said the president's views on Iran were the subject of extended conversation in the meeting, with the president reiterating that he believes it's in the region's interests to lower tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.Still, there were signs of a less-than-enthusiastic welcome for Obama as he arrived in Saudi Arabia.
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