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nnnnn u. s. president barack obama welcoming persian gulf leaders to the white house they're here for dinner and a trip to camp david likely to talk about fighting in yemen neurons influence in the middle east notably absent saudi arabia's king solomon who sent crown prince mohammed bin zayed and his deputy instead it's seen by some as a snob towards obama saudis are frustrated with his pursuit of a nuclear deal with iran and reluctance to help opposition fighters in syria envoys from several middle eastern countries have come to washington to look for firmer u. s. defense commitments or even a treaty , but u. s. officials saying obama will likely only offers softer reassurances , joint statements are military exercises in return for gold states biting their tongues before any final nuclear deal with iran