US Secretary of State Tillerson speaks to Saudi counterpart

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has spoken to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir about the situation in Saudi Arabia, a US State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday, where a crackdown on corruption has led to dozens of arrests.

The Trump administration has endorsed the purge, cementing a dramatic strengthening in the relationship under US President Donald Trump that in part has been driven by both governments' determination to confront Iran's growing regional power.

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