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13 December, Friday

Saudi Arabia backs ‘maximum pressure' on Iran - Prince Khalid bin Salman

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Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed Iranian aggression in the region with the visiting US special envoy for Iran and affirmed the kingdom's support for the America's policy of applying “maximum pressure" on Tehran.

Prince Khalid said he met special representative Brian Hook to “explore the latest efforts to counter hostile Iranian acts and continuous escalation that threaten the region’s security and stability”.

In a series of Twitter posts on Friday, the deputy defence minister, who previously served as ambassador to the US, said Saudi Arabia backed the US “maximum pressure campaign on Iran” in response to “continuing Iranian hostility and terrorism”.

Prince Khalid's tweets came after Iran shot down a US surveillance drone in the Strait of Hormuz, escalating tensions between the two countries. Tehran claimed the aircraft entered its airspace while the US said it was attacked over international waters.

The attack followed a series of explosions targeting oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz that Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Iran.

Prince Khalid said he also discussed with Mr Hook the “dangerous role the Iranian regime plays in Yemen", where Houthi rebels are fighting the internationally recognised government supported by a Saudi-led coalition.

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