US redeployment of its missile defences from Prince Sultan Air Base outside of Riyadh came as America's Gulf Arab allies nervously watched the chaotic withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
Saudi resentment against the UAE, its main ally, grows further from the Yemen war to OPEC differences. Abu Dhabi, however, continues to pursue a foreign policy that conflicts with Riyadh's.
Comments by Ambassador Rayed Krimly are the first public confirmation from Saudi Arabia that the rivals – who severed ties in 2016 – were holding direct talks to reduce regional tensions.
Blinken and Raab, top diplomats of US and UK, discuss an array of subjects, such as sanctions on Russian citizens, climate crisis and Biden's decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, in London ahead of G-7 conference.
"Iran is a neighbouring country, and all we aspire for is a good and special relationship with Tehran," Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said during an interview after sources said officials from the two countries held secret talks in Iraq.
The report comes as Washington and Tehran try to revive a 2015 nuclear accord which Riyadh was opposed to and as the United States presses for an end to the Yemen conflict.
Mustafa al Kadhimi visits Saudi Arabia with a large delegation, signing five memoranda of understanding between the two countries in various fields.
Saudi-led military coalition says Iran-allied Houthis launched a ballistic missile toward Riyadh and three booby-trapped drones toward the province of Jizan, with a number of other drones being monitored.
Riyadh takes a shot at Dubai with an ultimatum to foreign firms on moving their Middle East headquarters to the Kingdom.
The attack comes a day after several drones attacked the Abha international airport in Saudi Arabia's southwest, prompting Washington to call for an end to Houthi aggression.
Saudi authorities did not immediately report any casualties from the attack, claimed by the Houthis, the latest in a series of rebel assaults on the kingdom despite a renewed American push to de-escalate Yemen's six-year conflict.
The Covid-19 pandemic has ravaged economies globally, but Pakistan has been on the receiving end of a boom that could continue until the end of this year.
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