George Bush arrives in Saudi Arabia as part of his Middle East visit
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunni Arab Gulf states have maintained relations with Iran despite their concerns about the Shi'ite country's regional influence.
Mr. Bush's talks with Saudi leaders also are expected to cover arms sales.
Before heading to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Bush visited Dubai briefly. He told a round table of young Arab leaders there that America respects their religion and wants to work together in peace.
Sunday, in Abu Dhabi, Mr. Bush accused Iran of sending arms or financial support to militants in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. Iran denies such allegations and accuses Washington of trying to spread anti-Iranian sentiment in the region.
According to many reporters George Bush has kept a strong relationship with the Saudi royal family, who are often considered as allies of the United States.