June 5, 2009
I think Obama's very very lucky. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King presented Barack Obama, US President with Saudi Arabia's highest honor "The King Abdul Aziz Medallion" .
Talks between Abdullah and US President Barack Obama in Riyadh yesterday focused on joint efforts, closer coordination and more Saudi support to revive the Middle East peace process while many other regional and international issues were also taken up for discussion by the two leaders. Some of them included the nuclear standoff with Iran, oil and global energy market as well as US relations with the Muslim world.
"I thought it was very important to come to the place where Islam began and to seek his majesty's counsel and to discuss with him many of the issues that we confront here in the Middle East," Obama said before the talks.
On the Middle East peace process, Obama said that there are a lot of Israelis "who recognize that their current path is unsustainable, and they need to make some tough choices on settlements to achieve a two-state solution — that is in their long-term interest — but not enough folks are willing to recognize that publicly."
The US president appealed that leaders in the region should be more candid about their concerns.
"Stop saying one thing behind closed doors and saying something else publicly," he said. "There are a lot of Arab countries more concerned about Iran developing a nuclear weapon than the 'threat' from Israel, but won't admit it."
The US president said he was confident that, working together, the United States and Saudi Arabia could make progress on a host of issues for the benefit of the two countries.
"Obviously, the United States and Saudi Arabia have a long history of friendship, we have a strategic relationship," Obama said.
King Abdullah thanked Obama for visiting Saudi Arabia. and dialog also focused on cooperation in the fight against terrorism. On this tour Obama is scheduled visiting Cairo where he will deliver his much-awaited speech to try to build bridges with the Muslim world. He will also meet with President Hosni Mubarak.
well this is an opportunity to say to the world that Islam is Rahmatan lil'alamin not terorrist!
source from islamtoday