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CIA chief Pompeo meets with King Salman in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Press Agency says the two discussed bilateral relations and regional developments

CIA Director Mike Pompeo speaks during the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) National Security Summit in Washington on October 19, 2017. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
CIA Director Mike Pompeo speaks during the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) National Security Summit in Washington on October 19, 2017. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday met with the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

The official Saudi Press Agency said the two discussed bilateral relations and regional developments.

On the Saudi side, the meeting was attended by the king’s son, Prince Khalid bin Salman, who is the Saudi ambassador to Washington, as well as Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, the head of General Intelligence Khalid al-Humaidan and royal court chief Khalid al-Issa.

Earlier this month, Pompeo said he had sent a letter to Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite fighting Quds Force, warning him that the United States would hold Tehran accountable for any attacks it conducted on American interests in Iraq.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are also regional foes.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, center, shaking hands with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, center-right, after a meeting of the Saudi-Iraqi Bilateral Coordination Council in the capital Riyadh, October 22, 2017. (AFP/Alex Brandon)

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