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Saudi expands foreign ties beyond traditional ally US

A photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency shows Saudi King Salman (R) meeting with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Riyadh on April 12, 2015Saudi Arabia gave a royal welcome to France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius during a visit that highlighted a deepening of ties with major powers beyond traditional ally the United States. The reinforcement of links with Paris comes as Riyadh worries over an Iran nuclear deal and fights Iran-backed rebels in neighbouring Yemen. “I’m not surprised, given the momentum that the relationship has taken in the last few years,” said Asaad al-Shamlan, a political science professor at Riyadh’s Institute of Diplomatic Studies.

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