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President Obama Reassures Middle Eastern Leadership with Flurry of Top-Level Meetings

Eric Cantor, Majority Leader U.S. House of Representatives, with Vice-President of the Shura Council Dr. Mohammed bin Amin Jafri in Riyadh on January 10th, 2012

The US President, Barack Obama, has taken pains to reassure Middle Eastern leaders of United States’ support following Western pressure on the Bahraini, Yemeni & Syrian leadership to bow to public demand for greater democracy. In two days, the Oval office has hosted Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani of Qatar and Prince Saud Al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah II of Jordan will visit the White House on 17th January 2012.

The major Kingdoms of the Middle East have become encircled by liberation and democracy movements in Egypt, Bahrain, Sudan and Yemen.

Vice President Biden and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon secured condemnation of the violence “perpetrated by the Assad regime” in Syria from the Qatari Prime Minister in return for a statement of “the longstanding commitment of the United States to the security of our partners and allies”.

Ahead of the meeting with the King of Jordan, the White House indicated a desire to “demonstrate support for the political reforms that King Abdullah II is leading to produce a government that is more transparent, inclusive, and responsive to the aspirations of the Jordanian people”.

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