US President Barack Obama discussed Iraq and the violent rise of a Sunni insurgent group there in a telephone call on Wednesday with Saudi Arabian King Abdullah, the White House said, reports Reuters. Obama thanked the Saudi king for his $500 million pledge to help Iraqis displaced by an upsurge in violence as militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant seized provinces in the north and west of Iraq, it said in a statement.
Russia appreciates Jordan’s tangible contribution to settling complex processes in the Middle East, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan. At the beginning of the meeting, Putin cordially welcomed King Abdullah II to Moscow, saying that long-standing relations between the two countries were based on friendship and mutual understanding.
Jordan's King Abdullah II is to travel to Moscow on Wednesday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Syrian conflict, after visits to the Vatican and Austria, the palace said.
Saudi Arabia has signaled to the United States ahead of US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to the country that human rights will be subordinated to the pursuit of terrorists. Unde the new law anyone who "insults the reputation of the state or its position" is now considered a terrorist, punishable by to up to 20 years in jail. Dr. Ali Alyami, the Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, discusses the motives of this legislation with the Voice of Russia.
For more than 10 years, Princess Alanoud has been deprived of the right to see her daughters. Since 2001, their father, the King of Saudi Arabia, has been in fact keeping them under home arrest. In an interview that she gave exclusively to the Voice of Russia, Princess Anud accused the world's media of a "conspiracy of silence" against her situation that can hardly be called a normal one for the 21st century.
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation on Sunday with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, the Kremlin’s press service reports.
Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday on his first overseas visit since he replaced deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in early July.
Jordan's King Abdullah II arrived in Cairo on Saturday, in the first visit by a head of state to Egypt since its July 3 coup, state media reported.