Obama will visit Saudi Arabia as part of a trip that will also take him to Europe. He has some fence-mending to do with the Saudis, who have been concerned that the US drive for a nuclear agreement with Iran will end sanctions against Tehran too quickly.
Two top White House officials - national security adviser Susan Rice and homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco - met on Wednesday with Saudi Arabia's powerful Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.
They discussed security cooperation and efforts to address violent extremism and terrorism across the Middle East, a White House statement said on Thursday.
"They also exchanged views on regional issues and committed to continuing to strengthen our cooperation on a range of common interests," said the statement from Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council.
Obama is engaged in Middle East policy on a number of fronts.