This combo of pictures show Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. AFP Photo/Alberto Pizzoli, REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous
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The ISIS threat has brought Saudi Arabia and Iran closer together, and convinced the two rivals of the need to cooperate in order to face an "existential and strategic" menace to their countries, analysts and experts said. They also emphasized that Saudi-Iranian cooperation is crucial to confront the mounting threat posed by ISIS. Abdollahian is expected to visit Beirut next week as part of a tour that will also take him to Syria to brief officials in both countries on the new climate of understanding between Saudi Arabia and Iran, a political source told The Daily Star.Saudi Arabia has long been suspicious of Iran's influence in the region.In Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Iran also support opposing sides.Berri expressed hope that renewal of talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran would ward off terrorism threats facing the region.According to Masri, the popular upheavals that swept across the region, including the rise of ISIS, have brought Saudi Arabia and Iran to the conclusion that neither country can establish stability in the region alone.Khashan also said Saudi Arabia and Iran are working to contain sectarian tensions and prevent the situation in Lebanon from erupting into violence.
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