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Falling world oil prices will hurt countries across the Middle East unless Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest crude exporter, takes action to reverse the slump, Iran's deputy foreign minister told Reuters.Oil prices closed Wednesday at a 5-1/2 year low, registering their second-biggest ever annual decline after OPEC oil exporters, led by Saudi Arabia, chose to maintain oil output despite a global glut and calls from some of the cartel's members – including Iran and Venezuela – to cut production.Abdollahian said Iran would have more discussions with Saudi Arabia about the oil price, both through oil officials at OPEC and through the Foreign Ministry.Abdollahian denied that Iran conducted aerial attacks on Iraqi sites.Abdollahian reaffirmed Iran's commitment to Assad, saying that the Syrian president must be involved in any political transition aimed at ending more than three years of conflict.
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