With alliances strained, Obama seeks to reassure Gulf states on Iran

April 18, 2016 6:23 PM

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With alliances strained, Obama seeks to reassure Gulf states on Iran

President Barack Obama travels to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday with a familiar message: the United States will not abandon its Gulf allies in their struggle against Iran, a regional power they fear is seeking to undermine their security.

Tired of what they see as a reduced commitment to old U.S. allies, riled by comments Obama made about them in a magazine interview last month and aware there will be a new president in January, Riyadh and its neighbors may not be ready to just take his word for it.

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