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The Bow & Scrape Tour Begins!
Suck up time. You can bet that photo ops will be a little more controlled for this meeting.
Obama to visit Saudi Arabia
US President Barack Obama will meet with Saudi King Abdullah next week in Riyadh for talks on the Mideast peace process, Iran and terrorism, his spokesman announced today.
The visit will come at the start of a trip by Mr Obama that will also take him to Europe and Egypt, where he is scheduled to give a major speech to the Muslim world, Robert Gibbs said.
"The president will meet with his majesty King Abdullah to discuss a range of important issues, including Middle East peace, Iran and terrorism," Mr Gibbs said, adding that the talks would be on the evening of June 3.
"The president believes it's a chance to discuss a lot of important business and he thought it was a good opportunity to do that," he said.
After the meeting with King Abdullah, Mr Obama will make a long-awaited address to Muslims in Egypt on June 4, accelerating his bid to mend the US image in the Islamic world.
White House officials said the speech, fulfilling an Obama campaign promise, would focus on how Americans and Muslims abroad can secure the "safety and security" of their children in a more hopeful future.
Mr Obama is then due to visit the German city of Dresden and the former Nazi death camp at Buchenwald on June 5 and attend D-Day commemorations in France on June 6