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King Salman leaves Obama alone to offer Asr prayers
Thursday January 29, 2015 7:14 AM, News Desk

A video showing newly crowned Saudi King Salman rushing for prayers as the Mua'zzin called for Asr prayers, leaving US President Barack Obama who is in the Kingdom to offer his condolences following the death of King Abdullah, has gone viral.

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The video posted on YouTube shows King Salman introducing on Tuesday US President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to Saudi royals and other delegates. As soon as King Salman heard 'Azaan' - the call for prayers, he left Obama alone and walked to offer prayers.

US President Barack Obama arrived in Riyadh at the head of a heavyweight delegation including senior US officials to meet the new Saudi King Salman.

Joining Obama in paying respects over the death of King Abdullah was Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived on a separate flight from Germany, as well as Republican statesmen James Baker, who served as secretary of state in the George H.W. Bush administration, and Condoleezza Rice, who served as secretary of state for President George W. Bush.

Earlier, King Salman headed a large reception of senior Saudi officials welcoming Obama, who has visited the Saudi kingdom as U.S. president on two previous occasions.

Soon after Air Force One touched down at King Khalid International Airport in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, King Salman greeted Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Obama, who arrived after cutting short a trip to India, was greeted by a military honor guard and later a military band played the national anthems of the two countries, which have enjoyed more than 80 years of bi-lateral relations.

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