U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Gulf leaders to the White House for summit. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed Gulf leaders to the White House for a leaders dinner, which will be followed by a full day of talks at Camp David Thursday. U.S. officials said the meetings will reaffirm a strategic relationship that has served for more than half a century as a cornerstone of U.S. Middle East policy. While Gulf officials had signaled a desire for firm new security guarantees, U.S. officials say there will be no actual defense treaty and have cast doubt on the prospect for any kind of new written commitment. The Obama administration is wary of anything legally binding that could draw the United States into future Middle Eastern conflicts. Instead, U.S. officials said Obama would offer reassurances mostly in the form of a joint statement and more modest announcements for integrating ballistic missile defense systems, increasing joint military exercises and easing arms deliveries. In return, the United States hopes that Gulf governments, who are skeptical of any nuclear deal with Iran, will hold off with their criticisms ahead of a June 30 deadline for a final deal under which Iran would agree to restrict its nuclear program in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions.