In just a few days King Abdullah will be in Washington and meeting with US President Barak Obama. I’m confident it will be a full agenda with not enough time to fully discuss the multitude issues of interest. Naturally the Middle East Peace Process will be high on the agenda for both leaders. Iran will be another topic of mutual interest but will goals and objectives be the same between the two leaders? Efforts against Al Qaeda both within the Kingdom, the Arab Peninsula and elsewhere will always be discussed. What are the other issues of importance which should be brought up between the two countries and why?
Perhaps King Abdullah could give Obama some advice and guidance on oil. Maybe he could convince Obama rather than shut off America’s offshore drilling operations, America should build more refineries. Can he be the one to point out to Obama that leasing America’s offshore equipment to other countries is a guaranteed way of losing the equipment forever? How many more jobs will be lost by such a decision?
What do you think should be the issues of highest priority for discussion between the two leaders and why?