Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud speaks before a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (not pictured) at his private residence in the Red Sea city of Jeddah in this June 27, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool/Files
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