King Salman of Saudi Arabia has announced that he will be missing a meeting with President Obama at the upcoming Camp David Summit. This is allegedly because the Saudi King continues to be displeased with U.S.-Saudi relations.
On Friday, the White House had proudly said that Obama would be meeting with the king to discuss troubles in the Middle East during the conference. However, two days later Saudi Arabia announced that they would be sending Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the Saudi interior minister, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the defense minister, instead.
According to Daily Mail, King Salman plans to call the White House on Monday to explain his decision.
“It (the snub) holds within it a hidden opportunity, because senior U.S. officials will have an unusual opportunity to take the measure of Mohammed bin Salman, the very young Saudi defense minister and deputy crown prince, with whom few have any experience,” said Jon Alterman, senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
“For the White House though, it sends an unmistakable signal when a close partner essentially says he has better things to do than go to Camp David with the president, just a few days after the White House announced he’d have a private meeting before everything got underway,” he added.
Leaders in the Arab world are also upset about a recent interview Obama gave to the New York Times in which he said that the Middle East should be concerned about the internal strife in their countries.
This is yet another example of Obama’s weak foreign policy skills During his six years in office, he has single-handedly earned the U.S. countless more enemies. Unfortunately, we will surely be dealing with the repercussions of this long after 2016.