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Obama visits Saudi Arabia, UK and Germany

Updated 10:57 AM ET, Thu April 21, 2016
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Oman's Deputy Prime Minister Sayyid Fahad Mahmoud Al Said, left, President Barack Obama and Saudi King Salman gather for a group photo at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit on Thursday, April 21, at Diriyah Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Obama is in Saudi Arabia to meet with Gulf leaders and is expected to discuss regional conflicts, the role of Iran and the fight against ISIS. He heads to Britain and Germany after Saudi Arabia. Carolyn Kaster/AP
Obama confers with other leaders at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh on April 21. Carolyn Kaster/AP
The United States and Saudi Arabia have been divided over a slew of issues, including the approach to the wars in Syria and Yemen, the Iranian nuclear deal and the influence Tehran wields in Iraq. Here, Obama appears with Saudi King Salman, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during the Riyadh summit on April 21. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
Obama and Saudi King Salman meet at Erga Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday, April 20. The White House moved to tamp down suggestions that ties with Saudi Arabia are fraying, with administration officials saying the two leaders "really cleared the air" in their meeting. Carolyn Kaster/AP
Obama arrives on Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on April 20. Saudi King Salman did not greet the President on his arrival. The perceived slight was seen as one more sign that the U.S.-Saudi relationship is encountering friction. Carolyn Kaster/AP