Saudi king cuts short holiday due to regional events

June 15, 2013 03:41

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah arrived in Jeddah from Casablanca on Friday, having cut short a private holiday in Morocco, the state news agency said.

The elderly king returned early because of "repercussions of the events that the region is currently witnessing," the agency said, in an apparent reference to Syria.Saudi Arabia has been a major financial patron of rebels fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.

After months of deliberation, US President Barack Obama's administration said on Thursday it would now arm Syrian rebels, having obtained proof the Syrian government used chemical weapons against them.

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