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Saudi foreign minister holds key talks in Qatar

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Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir made a surprise visit to Qatar and met Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Sunday, local media reported.

Its said brotherly relations between the two countries and ways to further improve them were discussed during the talks, in addition to regional and international issues.

Al-Jubair’s visit assumes significance in light of regional developments, especially the Iran nuclear deal.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to visit Qatar on Monday.

Zarif will meet Qatar’s leaders and discuss bilateral relations and regional issues, in addition to the nuclear deal.

Speaking in Kuwait City on Sunday, Zarif called for a united front among all Middle Eastern nations to fight militancy.

“Any threat to one country is a threat to all... No country can solve regional problems without the help of others,” Zarif said at a news conference.

Zarif earlier met Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and his Kuwaiti counterpart, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, who was not present at the press conference.

Zarif urged GCC states to cooperate against the common threat of “terrorism, extremism and sectarianism.”

On Saturday, Bahrain’s Interior Ministry said it had detained two men accused of trying to smuggle weapons from Iran.

That announcement came hours after Bahrain said it was recalling its envoy from Tehran in protest at hostile comments by Iranian leaders.

Manama accuses Tehran of backing opposition demands in Bahrain.


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