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US, Saudi Arabia agree to step up counter-terror, military cooperation

US, Saudi Arabia agree to step up counter-terror, military cooperation

Trump has spoken out sharply against Iranian policies, and predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite-led Iran are major rivals in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia will boost its participation in the global coalition against Islamic State and other terrorist groups, the Saudi source said.

A senior Saudi source said Trump and King Salman spoke for over an hour and agreed to ramp up counter-terrorism, military cooperation and economic cooperation.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz attends a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the creation of the King Faisal Air Academy at King Salman airbase in Riyadh on January 25, 2017.

Leaders across the Middle East are reacting with an alarming silence to President Donald Trump's executive order preventing USA entry to citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have designated the Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

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USA officials and people close to Trump's transition team have said a debate is under way in the Trump administration about whether the United States should also declare the Brotherhood a terrorist organization and subject it to US sanctions. The king and president also went on to discuss the "destabilising regional activities" of Iran.

"The Saudis welcomed his appointment", Teneo's Hawes said. He is a known quantity.

"Our message to regional countries is that we should not let others make decisions for the region", he said, expressing hope that (P) GCC will allow a detente by taking steps in the right direction.

In a phone call with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abd Al-Aziz Al Saud, the president pledged to "rigorously enforc [e] the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action", referring to the deal's formal name, according to a White House readout of the conversation.

Saudi Arabia will boost its participation in the worldwide coalition against Islamic State and other terrorist groups, the Saudi person said. "But we're gonna get the Gulf states to put up the money". It's unclear how or whether the strategy would deviate from the Obama administration's efforts, which has involved deploying U.S. special forces, supplying and equipping local armies, and a coalition air campaign.

Also on Sunday, the United States carried out its first military operation authorised by Mr Trump in central Yemen.


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