US President Barack Obama decided not to visit the Taj Mahal and shorten his stay in India, where it is expected on Sunday to travel to Riyadh after King Abdullah’s death.

Obama and his wife Michelle will visit Riyadh on Tuesday to offer condolences “on behalf of the American people,” the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman, after the death of his half-brother Abdullah, said Josh Earnest, spokesman the executive.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, or the head of the Iranian Foreign Mohammad Javad Zarif are among the heads of state and dignitaries expected in the Saudi capital.

This is the Vice President Joe Biden originally scheduled to represent the United States in Riyadh. But, said the White House, when he could go there “coincided with the start of India’s president.”

The US executive said it had therefore modified the presidential program in coordination with the Indian government. Obama, who will attend Monday’s Republic Day parade in New Delhi, is expected Sunday morning in the Indian capital, where he will be received with honor by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A visit to the Taj Mahal, the famous monument to love, was originally scheduled during this second visit to India of Mr. Obama. For several days the city of Agra has mobilized hundreds of employees to clean the road to the Taj, a huge mausoleum built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory his wife died in childbirth in 1631. In addition to cleaning lines white on the roads, the authorities expelled the stray dogs, cows and moved sealed off the area surrounding the monument, main tourist attraction of the country, which had visited the former US president Bill Clinton in 2000.