- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister offered condolences to President Obama Wednesday for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal made the gesture during a meeting at the White House that included National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.

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The White House didn’t report Mr. Obama’s response about the Boston tragedy, but said the president asked Mr. Al-Faisal “to convey his best wishes to King Abdullah bin Abd Al-Aziz Al Saud.”

Although Saudi Arabia is a longtime ally of the U.S., terrorism is a complicated issue between the two nations. Fifteen of the 19 suicide hijackers in the 9/11 attacks were Saudi citizens, and Osama bin Laden was born in Saudi Arabia.

In the immediate aftermath of the Boston bombings, police questioned a Saudi national, but authorities later said he was considered only a witness.

The White House said Mr. Obama and Mr. Al-Faisal “reaffirmed the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and discussed developments in the region, including the conflict in Syria.”