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RIYADH, Jan 23, 2016:

Saudi Arabia on Saturday said it does not see a “coming together” of Iran and the United States, which is well aware of Tehran’s regional “mischief”.

The kingdom and its Gulf neighbours perceive a lack of US engagement in the region, particularly in the face of what they see as Iran’s “interference” in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere.

Those feelings crystallised with a historic international deal — backed by the United States and five other major powers — which this month lifted crippling economic sanctions on Iran in return for a scaling back of its nuclear capabilities.

“No, I don’t see a coming together of the United States and Iran. Iran remains the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said at a joint news conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

“Overall I think the United States is very aware of the danger of Iran’s mischief and nefarious activities… I don’t believe the United States is under any illusion as to what type of government Iran is,” he said.

Kerry and Jubeir spoke after they attended meeting of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.

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