Saudi King Salman signals support for Iran nuclear deal – Los Angeles Times

Saudi King Salman signaled broad support for the Iran nuclear deal Friday in meetings with President Obama at the White House, and asked U.S. officials for an acceleration of military aid in return.

In almost three hours of meetings that marked his first White House visit as king, Salman heard, and accepted, Obama’s arguments in defense of the agreement, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir said afterward.

The king “was satisfied with these assurances,” Jubeir told reporters, saying the king is persuaded that the deal includes “unprecedented safeguards.”

The two leaders believe the deal “will contribute to security and stability in the region,” he said.

The king’s declaration is an important sign of political support for the president. It will allow him to say that the administration has backing from key Middle Eastern allies, except for Israel, in addition to all major world powers.

A signal of dissatisfaction would have been a blow to Obama as Congress prepares for a possible vote on the deal within the next two weeks.

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