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U.S. Defense Secretary In Saudi Arabia To Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has arrived in the Red Sea city of Jeddah for scheduled meetings with Saudi King Salman and other top officials.

Carter’s visit is part of a regional tour aimed at reassuring Washington's allies over a nuclear deal with Iran.

Speaking in Jordan on July 21, Carter said the United States and Israel had a "common commitment to countering Iranian malign influence in the region."

Carter had met on July 20 in Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fierce critic of the Iran nuclear accord, under which sanctions against Iran will be gradually removed in return for Tehran accepting long-term curbs on its nuclear program.

Israel and Sunni-ruled Persian Gulf countries believe the pact will only embolden Iran’s leadership, who are accused of interference in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters