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Obama Seeks to Reassure Saudi King on Iran Talks, Syria

President Barack Obama sought to reassure Saudi King Abdullah that negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program won’t undercut the strategic interests of Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. partner in the region.

During a meeting yesterday at the king’s desert compound Obama and Abdullah also discussed steps to help opponents of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad while isolating extremists. Even as Obama seeks to bolster Syrian rebel groups, he said in an interview that he remains skeptical about whether using U.S. force would have made a difference.