Putin calls Saudi king to discuss regional, international issues

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Saudi King Abdullah has received a telephone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the latest regional and international issues, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Sunday.

“During the telephone conversation, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries in addition to the latest developments at regional and international arenas,” SPA reported.

Meanwhile, Agence France-Presse quoted the Kremlin saying that the two leaders “expressed a mutual interest in furthering (their) cooperation and maintaining contacts at various levels” aimed at helping resolve world disputes.
In October, Saudi Arabia has rejected a much coveted U.N. Security Council seat.

Riyadh cited the Security Council’s failure to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, inability to end the 32-month Syrian conflict, and halt nuclear proliferation in the region.

Saudi Arabia’s frustration was mainly directed at Russia and China, whose stances on Syria were seen as pro-President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Saudi Arabia and Russia witnessed strained relations also due to Moscow’s decision to complete the construction of Iran’s first nuclear power plant.

Riyadh supports the rebels fighting Assad’s regime and suspects that Tehran is developing an atomic bomb.

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