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US ‘disappointed’ by Saudi denial of reporter visa

March 25, 2014

BRUSSELS (AP) — The White House says it is “very disappointed” that Saudi Arabia has denied a Jerusalem Post reporter’s visa to cover President Barack Obama’s visit to the kingdom later this week.

Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes says the White House made clear to the Saudis the importance that the reporter have access to cover the trip. Rhodes says reporters’ affiliation should not count against their ability to do their job.

The White House Correspondents’ Association says Michael Wilner was the only reporter who signed up to cover Obama’s trip who was denied a visa.

Obama is due to arrive in Saudi Arabia Friday for meetings with King Abdullah following the president’s three-country trip to Europe.

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