U.S. Says Absences Won't Deter Arab Talks

(Wall Street Journal) Carol E. Lee and Jay Solomon - The White House sought to salvage expectations for President Barack Obama's summit this week with Persian Gulf states after the majority of rulers, including the king of Saudi Arabia, declined to attend. The Obama administration insisted that the summit Wednesday and Thursday would yield substantive security and arms agreements. The White House said Obama spoke by phone with King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Monday. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Salman decided to stay in Riyadh to focus on the crisis in Yemen. "I think the idea this is a snub is really off-base," he said.

2015-05-12 00:00:00

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