Saudi King praises Trump's Iran strategy

Trump and Saudi King Salman speak following Trump's announcement that he will not recertify Iran nuclear deal.

Elad Benari,

Trump and Saudi King Salman
Trump and Saudi King Salman
Reuters

The White House said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia's King Salman praised President Donald Trump for his “visionary new strategy” towards Iran.

“King Salman praised President Trump for his visionary new Iran strategy and pledged to support American leadership,” the White House said in a readout of a call between Trump and the Saudi monarch, according to The Hill.

The phone call took place on Saturday night, and followed after Trump's speech from Friday, in which he stated hat he did not intend to recertify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal.

“President Trump thanked King Salman for Saudi Arabia’s support and emphasized the importance of the Gulf Cooperation Council in countering Iran’s destabilizing activities in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and elsewhere in the region,” the White House statement added.

Trump and the Saudi king also talked about ways the two nations can fight terrorist organizations, it said.

Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia have a historic rivalry in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia has repeatedly called on Iran to stop its “meddling” in the affairs of the kingdom's neighbors.

Iran has fired back, accusing Saudi Arabia of trying to “drag the entire region into confrontation”.

During the negotiations between Iran and world powers, Saudi Arabia and other major Sunni states expressed concern over a deal which would allow Iran to produce nuclear weapons.

Ultimately, however, Saudi Arabia's government announced that it welcomed the deal.

The Saudi King's expression of support for Trump came after the Egyptian Foreign Ministry similarly expressed solidarity with Trump’s decision not to certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

In a statement, the Egyptian ministry said that it shares Trump’s concerns regarding Iranian policies that "lead to instability in the Middle East."

"Iran’s policies affect the national security of Arabian Gulf countries, and by extension Egyptian national security," the ministry said.




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