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Saudi King to visit White House in 2018

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A handout picture release by Saudi Royal Palace on December 14, 2016 shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz attending the opening session of the Shura Council in Riyadh./ AFP PHOTO / Saudi Royal Palace / BANDAR AL-JALOUD /

King Salman of Saudi Arabia will make an official visit to Washington early next year for talks with President Donald Trump, the White House said Wednesday.

The two leaders held a telephone conversation in which they discussed how to advance shared goals such as strengthening security and prosperity in the Middle East, the White House said in a statement.

The two leaders agreed that King Salman would visit the White House in early 2018, it added.

The United States is currently seeking to resolve a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and several of its neighbors, led by Saudi Arabia.



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