US President Barack Obama greets an attendee at the Chief of Missions conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, on March 14, 2016. AFP / Nicholas Kamm
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A senior Saudi Arabian prince Monday condemned comments attributed to U.S. President Barack Obama, saying the American leader had "thrown us a curve ball" in criticizing Riyadh's regional role.Ties between old allies the United States and Saudi Arabia, the top oil exporter, have been bumpy since the 2011 Arab uprisings when Riyadh faulted Washington for not doing more to stop the ousting of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak.Although Prince Turki does not presently hold any official position in the Saudi leadership, his views are described by insiders as often reflecting those of the kingdom's top princes and as influential in Riyadh foreign policy circles.
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