Obama hosts Saudi Crown Prince in Oval Office, discusses fight against ISIS, war-torn Syria

uni1466223128{BNN/WASHINGTON, U.S.} – U.S. President Barack Obama reportedly met with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a meeting that saw talks on the ISIS and the need for political transition in Syria.

According to reports, Obama appreciated Mohammed bin Salman’s contributions towards the fight against ISIS, and conferred with him on the steps to support Iraqi fighters against the extremist group “including increased Gulf support to fund urgent humanitarian and stabilisation needs.”

It was added that they covered the importance of leading Syria into a political transition away from Bashar Al-Assad, the current President, and mentioned that the U.S. is working to forge a “Syrian-led transition process” which has since made little progress.

The meeting with Obama reportedly underscored the Deputy Crown Prince’s meteoric rise in the future of the kingdom, and his increasingly pivotal role in Saudi Arabia’s proposal to wean itself off oil revenues.

Experts said that his grasp was such that, “He is notionally number three in the hierarchy, but effectively he’s number one.”

Reports added that experts and security forces fear that if bin Salman’s plans for reform fail, Saudi would collapse.

This was reportedly supported by a Saudi expert who said that “It’s him or it’s ISIS.”

After the meeting was concluded, Saudi Arabia reportedly responded to allegations made by presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that the kingdom supports Islamic extremism.

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said, “Nobody can question the kingdom’s commitment to fighting terror… at the end of the day, we are the main targets.”

He also added that they expecting strong U.S. relations “irrespective of who is in the White House,” as the bilateral ties “are not based on personal relationships, but on shared interests.”

Further, the Deputy Crown Prince has reportedly requested an audience with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in a meeting that is yet to be confirmed. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.