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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No positive developments came from the much-anticipated Iranian-Saudi meeting in New York over the weekend, which was the culmination of several attempts by regional powers to establish a better relationship between Tehran and Riyadh. The meeting between Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif tackled the latest developments in the region, sources familiar with the talks said. The sources said that the recent developments in the Sunni-dominated country had revealed Iran's real intentions, namely to consolidate its power in the region, partly in response to Saudi Arabia's inclusion in the international coalition against ISIS, and Tehran's exclusion.This caused the sources to dismiss reports saying that the Saudi-Iranian meeting had resulted in a comprehensive agreement over the Yemeni situation.According the sources, the New York meeting didn't tackle the developments in Yemen. The Saudi-Iranian meeting was limited to regional issues that are of interest to both countries.Lebanon, according to the sources, is not the top priority of the two countries, since time is needed to prepare the right circumstances to settle the country's issues, the main one being the issue of the presidency.
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