Rex Tillerson

US pushes Saudi Arabia, Iraq on united front to counter Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday promoted a Trump administration aim of uniting Saudi Arabia and Iraq in common cause to counter Iran's growing assertiveness in the Middle East.

Tillerson participated in the inaugural meeting of the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Coordination Committee, along with Saudi King Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, telling the leaders that the event highlighted the improving ties between the longtime rivals and showed "the great potential" for further cooperation. He noted the August reopening of a major border crossing and the resumption of direct flights between Riyadh and Baghdad.

"Both represent the beginning...

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