Riyadh - SPA
Obama arrived with his wife Michelle, accompanied by a delegation of about 30
members. During his four-hour stop in Riyadh, Obama also attended a dinner with Saudi
The US delegation was met at the airport by King Salman with a full guard of honor and
the playing of the national anthems of the two countries.
King Salman also introduced his senior ministers to Obama, including Crown Prince
Muqrin; Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, who is also Second Deputy Premier and
Interior Minister; and Prince Khaled bin Bandar, chief of general intelligence.
Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah, Saudi ambassador to the US Adel Al-Jubeir and his
counterpart in Riyadh Joseph Westphal were also present at the airport.
Obama led a delegation of current and former US officials, including John Kerry,
secretary of state; John McCain, senator from the state of Arizona; and Mark Warner,
senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The others included Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser and assistant to the president for
intergovernmental affairs and public engagement; Susan Rice, assistant to the president
and national security adviser; Jennifer Palmieri, assistant to the president and
director of communications; Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland
security and counter terrorism; and Peter A. Selfridge, United States Chief of Protocol.
Other delegation members included John Brennan, director of the Central Intelligence
Agency; General Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of US Central Command; James Baker,
former secretary of state; Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state; Brent Scowcroft,
former national security adviser; and several other foreign policy leaders from past
Last Modified Date: 28/01/2015 - 5:32 AM Saudi Arabia Time