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Saudi Arabia quick to back Trump's policy on Iran

Just as US President finished his speech outlining a hardline policy against Iran, Saudi Arabia was ready with a statement supporting his action

Saudi Arabia quick to back Trump's policy on Iran
US President Donald Trump. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Just as US President Donald Trump finished his speech outlining a hardline policy against Iran, Saudi Arabia was ready with a statement supporting his action.

The kingdom, Iran’s chief rival in the Middle East, praised the president for his “vision” and commitment to working with allies in the region to confront Iran’s actions, according to a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Sunni-led Saudi Arabia had supported the 2015 nuclear agreement reached between Iran and world powers, including the US. In its statement, the kingdom said Iran has used the financial gains from the accord “to destabilise the region, especially through developing a ballistic missile program.”

Shiite-ruled Iran and Saudi Arabia are on opposite ends of the Middle East’s conflicts from Syria to Yemen. The kingdom has sharpened its policy against Iran with the rise of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the king’s son and heir to the throne of the world’s biggest oil exporter.