The White House is dealing with a royal snub.
More from FOX News Radio's Jessica Golloher in our Middle East Bureau.
The kings of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia won't be at the summit of allied Arab leaders and the U.S.
In a statement, the Kingdom saying the summit coincides with the humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen. Saudi Arabia has been targeting Shiite Houthi rebels there with airstrikes for more than a month.
President Obama had planned to meet with Saudi's newly installed King Salman for a one-on-one before the gathering. Both countries are sending crown princes instead of their kings. Leaders are expected to address the threat of Islamic insurgents at the summit.
In Jerusalem, Jessica Golloher, FOX News Radio.
The kings of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have RSVP'd for President Obama's summit of Gulf nation leaders -- and their answers are "no thanks".
FOX News Radio's Rachel Sutherland reports from Washington.
Representatives from six nations will be at the summit at the White House and Camp David, but only two monarchs will attend -- the emirs of Kuwait and Qatar.
The White House is downplaying the absence of the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, saying it's not a sign of any substantial disagreement.
The lukewarm response comes as the Obama administration tries to build support for an emerging nuclear deal with Iran. Arab allies feel threatened by Iran's rising influence and worry a nuclear pact may embolden Tehran to act more aggressively in the region.
In Washington, Rachel Sutherland, FOX News Radio.
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