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Tillerson Promotes Closer Iraq-Saudi Arabia Links

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday promoted improving ties between Saudi Arabia and Iraq as a way to counter Iran’s growing military assertiveness in the region. Tillerson, participating in the initial meeting of the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Coordination Committee in Riyadh, told Saudi King Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that their improving links showed “great potential.” He cited the August reopening of a major border crossing between the two countries and the resumption of direct flights between Baghdad and Riyadh.   “Both represent the beginning of what…

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