President Barack Obama has paid a visit to Saudi Arabia following the death of longtime ruler, King Abdullah.

Obama visited the new king, Salman on Tuesday, January 27 to pay his respects and to discuss the future relationship between the two countries, who are strong allies.

The US President had cut short a state visit to India in order to travel to the Middle-Eastern country before returning to Washington.

Obama was accompanied on the trip by his wife, Michelle and they were joined by Secretary of State, John Kerry.

King Abdullah, who was a close friend of the US, died on Friday, January 23 and was buried the same dayaccording to Muslim rites.

Kerry had also made an earlier trip to Nigeriato ensure that the upcoming General Elections would be  conducted in a peaceful manner.