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        12/4/2013, Tevet 1, 5774

      Putin Meets Saudi Intel Chief To Discuss Syria and Iran


      Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan in Moscow on Tuesday. In talks the two reportedly focused on the Syrian crisis and Iran nuclear deal, while strengthening ties between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

      The meeting comes as long-time US ally Egypt recently sealed a $4 billion arms deal with Russia largely funded by Saudi Arabia, which itself has experienced cooling relations with the US and reached out to Russia. In a November phone call Putin and Saudi King Abdullah vowed to advance bilateral cooperation.