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Saudis come under pressure to find regional deal with Iran

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Saudis come under pressure to find regional deal with Iran

A day after the US announced fresh sanctions against Iran for ballistic missile tests Washington says flout UN rules, the EU announced it will discuss this week whether or not to impose new sanctions of its own.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius travels to Riyadh on Tuesday for talks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.

“We wish to see a warming in regional relations, but today this is not the case. We have seen significant tension between Iran, Saudi Arabia and other countries. And so we hope that the positive climate that has allowed the nuclear deal extends to other conflicts throughout the region. But this is not yet the case today,” he said.

The Saudis are pushing hard for sanctions against Iran to be maintained, but are facing pressure to find a regional compromise; leaders from China and Pakistan, and America’s John Kerry are all due to visit this week after Fabius.

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