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Germany's Merkel begins Gulf trip with stop in Saudi Arabia

  • In this photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, is received by Saudi King Salman on her arrival to Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, April 30, 2017. Merkel arrived Sunday for talks with the oil-rich kingdom's monarch, beginning a two-nation trip to the Gulf. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

    In this photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, is received by Saudi King Salman on her arrival to Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, April 30, 2017. Merkel arrived Sunday for talks with the oil-rich kingdom's monarch, beginning a two-nation trip to the Gulf. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, is received by Saudi King Salman on her arrival to Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, April 30, 2017. Merkel arrived Sunday for talks with the oil-rich kingdom's monarch, beginning a two-nation trip to the Gulf. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

    In this photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, is received by Saudi King Salman on her arrival to Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, April 30, 2017. Merkel arrived Sunday for talks with the oil-rich kingdom's monarch, beginning a two-nation trip to the Gulf. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, shakes hands with Saudi King Salman on her arrival to Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, April 30, 2017. Merkel arrived Sunday for talks with the oil-rich kingdom's monarch, beginning a two-nation trip to the Gulf. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

    In this photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, shakes hands with Saudi King Salman on her arrival to Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, April 30, 2017. Merkel arrived Sunday for talks with the oil-rich kingdom's monarch, beginning a two-nation trip to the Gulf. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)  (The Associated Press)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks with the oil-rich kingdom's monarch, beginning a two-nation trip to the Gulf.

Merkel was greeted by King Salman and other top officials upon her arrival at the western city of Jiddah.

The German leader is expected to press Gulf leaders to do more to take in refugees and provide humanitarian relief for refugees fleeing conflict in Muslim-majority countries. Her country has provided refuge to hundreds of thousands of people from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years.

Like other recent female Western visitors, Merkel did not cover her hair upon arrival in the conservative kingdom.

She is scheduled to travel to the neighboring United Arab Emirates after visiting Saudi Arabia.