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Obama drops Agra visit: will go to Riyadh

Washington, D.C.:  President of USA Obama and the First Lady will travel to Riyadh on Tuesday, January 27 in order to pay respects to King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the family of the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. The Vice President was originally to have led a delegation to Saudi Arabia on the President’s behalf.  As the President’s and Vice President’s travel schedules became clearer, we determined that the window when the Vice President would be on the ground in Riyadh coincided with the President’s departure from India.  Accordingly, we adjusted the schedule in coordination with the Indian Government so that the President would be able to depart India following his speech on Tuesday to stop in Riyadh during the return trip to meet with King Salman and other Saudi officials and offer his condolences on behalf of the American people.  The President regrets that he will be unable to visit Agra during this trip.  The Vice President will remain in Washington, a Press Statement From White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. President of India condoles The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. The President has tweeted- “Heartfelt condolences to the Government, Royal family and people of Saudi Arabia over the sad demise of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. In his passing away, Saudi Arabia had lost a beloved leader, India a close friend and the world, an elder statesman. King Abdullah had genuine warmth and affection for India and our people. He was personally committed to improving bilateral ties with India" PM condoles the demise of King Abdullah The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. "In King Abdullah, we have lost an important voice who left a lasting impact on his country. I condole his demise. Our thoughts are with the people of Saudi Arabia, who have lost a guiding force in King Abdullah, during this hour of grief. A few days ago I spoke to Crown Prince Salman and enquired about King Abdullah`s health. News of King Abdullah`s passing away is saddening", the Prime Minister said.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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