The King of Saudi Arabia is in Washington to pressurise President Obama to shift his US position on Syria
Already much has been written about HM King Salman bin Abdulaziz's meeting on Friday 4th September with President Barack Obama at the White House. According to media sources they will discuss regional security, including the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Iran and world powers over Tehran's controversial nuclear program. The discussions will also focus on issues such as the Syrian crisis, Yemen, and Daesh/ ISIS.
Two issues are of particular concern to the Saudis. The future of the Assad's regime and Iran's destabilizing activities in the region. As for the Obama administration how to fight and defeat Daesh, the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) is the most important. To most observers of the Middle East President Obama has adopted the Iranian position lock, stock and barrel. The Tehran funded lobby in Washington and some of Obama's advisors see the Middle East through Iranian eyes. It is doubtful therefore that the visit will mark a major shift in Obama's policies.