Obama meets with Saudi foreign minister, discusses Syria

WASHINGTON, April 17 Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:27pm EDT

WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal at the White House on Wednesday and discussed the conflict in Syria, a spokeswoman said.

The meeting was not on Obama's public schedule.

The spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden, said the president joined a meeting between the Saudi official and Obama's national security adviser, Tom Donilon.

"The president and Prince Saud al-Faisal reaffirmed the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and discussed developments in the region, including the conflict in Syria," Hayden said in a statement.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Eric Beech)