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Can Saudi Arabia and Iran Ease Tensions?

MIN READApr 28, 2021 | 15:21 GMT

A fighter loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed government holds a position against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the Yemeni province of Marib on April 6, 2021.

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Bilateral talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran will not end their rivalry but could de-escalate conflict in areas where both have influence, including Yemen. News of rare talks between two of the Middle East’s biggest adversaries comes as both Riyadh and Tehran are trying to assess where they stand with U.S. President Joe Biden’s new administration. The Iraqi government’s eagerness to position Baghdad as an independent regional power instead of a weak site of proxy struggles is likely also contributing to the media attention surrounding the talks....

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