Obama consults Saudi King Abdullah on Egypt

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, February 10, 2011 8:16 EDT
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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama stressed the need for a meaningful and lasting political transition in Egypt in a telephone call with key ally King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, officials said.

“The President spoke today with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia about the situation in Egypt,” the White House said in a statement.

“The President emphasized the importance of taking immediate steps toward an orderly transition that is meaningful, lasting, legitimate, and responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people.

“The President also reaffirmed the long-term commitment of the United States to peace and security in the region.”

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is under siege after days of raging street protest is known to be close to King Abdullah, who has condemned efforts by what he said were “intruders” to interfere with Egypt’s stability.

Along with Egypt, Saudi Arabia is a key US ally in the Middle East and has been a lynch-pin of American regional strategy for decades.

US reports have suggested that regional allies have expressed deep concerns to the United States about the impact of cascading protests in the Arab world on the vital strategic region’s stability.

US officials however refuse to divulge comments made by foreign leaders in calls to Obama, who has said Mubarak must make the “right decision” for the future of his nation and embrace a “orderly” transition to democratic rule.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QY7PTYSFRO7DJB4DEZIL5JE53Q jonfkessler

    Yes, consult our friendly monarch! # 1 sponsor of terror – brilliant idea. I’m sure they are expert in how to properly handle those Egyptians freedom fighters. While you’re at it might as well increase the 1.3 billion you are sending to Egypt’s military. Good work Bush (oh did we change rulers here in the US? I mean McSame, errr Obama).

  • Taleisin

    US reports have ‘suggested’ that regional allies have expressed ‘deep concerns’ to the United States about the impact of cascading protests in the Arab world on the ‘vital strategic’ region’s stability.”

    Who said this? What’s his name? Too gutless? Or is this a leaked document?
    Sounds like bullshit to me.

    Obama is going around pressuring the old allies who are weeing themselves.
    The Prez is getting in on the ground floor. He wants maximum leverage at the talks to the new leaders of Egypt. Then he can bully them. He is working for America to get the best deal he can.

  • Anonymous

    Obama would be better off consulting with Turkish or Syrian politicians. Bribes from SA have alreadyafter 30 years came to nothing.

  • Anonymous

    Obama should serve notice to the henchmen in charge of Saudi Arabia that they are next on the hit list if they don’t open up their sociiety. America may want their oil but we can do without it so that the people in that country can be free.

  • Anonymous

    Yes,because when I think of examples of democracy and fairness to citizens the Saudi king is always the first person that comes to mind.

  • Guest

    America’s tired of taking the brunt of the blame propping up Mubarak all these years. Let the Saudis pay him the $1.5B yearly that America has done. If the Saudi peninsula throws their support to Mubarak, they’ll be in for a revolution of their own. Good going Obama, you finally got something right!

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  • Anonymous

    Man. How will be ever maintain regional stability without our kings and dictators?

  • Anonymous

    Notice served. Their days are numbered.

  • Anonymous

    Bribes FROM Saudi Arabia? I thought they were bribes TO Saudi Arabia. And they came to plenty of business for Halliburton and the like.

  • Anonymous

    My fantasy is that someday wikileaks reveals the revolutions started after Obama gave a speech in Cairo where he said

    “I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose.”

  • Anonymous

    Interesting if Obama spoke with King Abdullah today while at the same time there are reports of the King’s death. I wonder if Obama spoke to the King before or after his reported death.

  • Anonymous

    Please don’t tell me that you think Obama is on the side of the Egyptian revolution. You can’t be that naive.

  • Taleisin

    Obama will, in the end, be on the winning side. That is the only side that counts. He knows where the wind is blowing and that is why he changed tack.

    Ethics, morality have nothing to do with it. This is business.

  • Taleisin

    It’s a nice speech, although I am concerned about the ‘live as you choose’ bit.
    What are you implying? :)