Saudi intelligence chief met with Putin


( – Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday to address the situation in the Middle East, the Kremlin said.

“A wide number of questions regarding Saudi-Russia relations were discussed as well as the situation in North Africa and the Middle East,”Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies.

However, the spokesman did not give further details about the discussions, which come amid disagreements between Moscow and Riyadh over the two-year civil war in Syria that killed over 100,000 people, according to the United Nations.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia backs the secular-nationalist oppositions based in Turkey, while Russia supports the Assad regime politically, economically, and militarily.
Prince Bandar, former ambassador to the United States, is Saudi Arabia’s National Security Council chief.

Al Arabiya said that according to analysts, Saudi Arabia has regained the initiative from Qatar in recent weeks to re-emerge as the diplomatic kingpin of the Gulf. (siraaj/alarabiya/

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