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9/5/15

Obama reassures Saudi Arabia over Iran

President Obama sought Friday to re-assure the king of Saudi Arabia that the United States will help counter Iranian aggression in the Middle East, as the Saudis expressed public support for the contentious Iranian nuclear agreement.

During a meeting at the White House, Obama and King Salman bin Abd al Aziz "affirmed the need to continue efforts to maintain security, prosperity and stability in the region and in particular to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities," said a joint U.S.-Saudi statement.

For his part, King Salman "expressed his support" for the agreement that is designed to "prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and thereby enhance security in the region," the statement said.

The meeting came as the Obama administration lines up support for the agreement in which the United States and its allies end economic sanctions on Iran as it gives up the means to make nuclear weapons. Saudi Arabia and some of its neighbors have been skeptical that Iran will live up to its end of the bargain, and say that Iran will use the non-sanctioned flow of money to finance terrorism in other countries, such as Yemen and Syria.

Note EU-Digest: US's "sugar daddy" from Saudi Arabia is back in Washington for "talks" with his "obedient servants" and to make large military purchases.

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