Obama to visit Saudi Arabia, Britain next month

Washington, March 16 (IANS) US President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia and Britain in April, ahead of his previously arranged trip to Germany, the White House said on Wednesday.

Obama will first head to Saudi Arabia on April 21 to attend a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, during which issues such as the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group, regional conflicts, and sectarian tensions will be discussed, according to a White House press release.

Obama will then travel to London, where he will have a private lunch with Queen Elizabeth II. He will then meet Prime Minister David Cameron.

The White House said Obama’s final destination will be Germany, where he will attend the world’s largest trade show for industrial technology — the Hanover Messe. He will also meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on his fifth visit to the European country.

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