Saudi King to Skip Gulf Summit in US



Saudi Arabia announced Sunday King Salman won’t be attending President Barack Obama’s summit on Gulf relations this week, and instead Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is also interior minister, would lead the Saudi delegation and the king’s son and defense minister, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will also attend, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi officials said the king’s absence is due to an overlap with a five-day ceasefire agreement in Yemen to allow humanitarian aid, which is slated to begin Tuesday.

King Salman is expected to call Obama on Monday to discuss his decision not to attend, which some Arab officials view as a signal of his disappointment wih the U.S. over rebuilding relations with Iran. Read more at the New York Times.

{Andy Newscenter}