Riyadh has publicly welcomed Secretary of State John Kerry’s assurances that the United States and the other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – Russia, China, Britain and France – plus Germany, known as the P5+1 countries, any deal with Iran does not an overall rapprochement.
Quietly, however, Riyadh is marshaling leaders of the five Gulf Arab countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Jordan, Egypt and Turkey, into a major Sunni bloc to contain any threat from Iran.
Saudi Arabia also opposes the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a Shiite-Alawite, who is backed by Shiite Iran.
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