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Saudi king to visit US, Egypt: Officials

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is expected to visit the United States early next month for the first time since ascending to the throne in January, officials say.

Salman is expected to arrive in Washington on September 5 to meet US President Barack Obama in a visit that could last two or three days, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed Saudi diplomats.

He is also expected to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on his way back home, the officials further said.

The king made headlines in May when he skipped a summit of Persian Gulf Arab leaders with Obama and sent Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the Saudi interior minister, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the defense minister, on his behalf.

The decision then marked a diplomatic snub from Salman, although Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister later denied that the king’s eleventh hour decision was a snub to Obama.

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