A top Saudi Arabian official who begins a visit to the United States on Tuesday will seek to strengthen support for the kingdom’s powerful National Guard forces, official media said.

The Guard is a parallel army of around 200,000 men whose duties include combating “terrorism.”

Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, the National Guard minister, will hold talks with President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during the visit which will last several days, the Saudi Press Agency reported. […]