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US President Barack Obama (L) meeting with Saudi King Salman (R) during the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh, on April 21, 2016. (AFP photo)
US President Barack Obama (L) meeting with Saudi King Salman (R) during the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh, on April 21, 2016. (AFP photo)

Is the US-Saudi relationship changing? Obama’s recent met with King Salman in Riyadh and began tense talks with the Saudis and Washington’s other Persian Gulf allies.

It is claimed US-Saudi ties have worsened since Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz took the throne, promoting radical elements into his cabinet.

Observers say King Salman did not show Obama due respect, by dispatching the governor of Riyadh to greet the US president at the airport, rather than sending a senior-level royal to shake Obama’s hand, or being present himself.

It is said Saudis doubt Obama’s commitment to their security. Meanwhile, while describing the Saudis as the US’s “so-called allies,” he has complained their policies fuel anti-US terror and regional chaos.

Talks in Riyadh are set to involve the leaders from Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. It is believed Washington aims to convince its Arab allies to step up contributions to targeting ISIL in Syria and Iraq.