Saudi Arabia's King Salman. (Reuters)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman warned at a summit Tuesday of a threat from Iran as guest of honor President Francois Hollande said France was "by the side" of Gulf nations.The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Riyadh came amid mounting international concern over the Saudi-led air war on Shiite rebels in Yemen, the threat from jihadis and Gulf worries over their Shiite rival Iran. His visit comes as Paris strengthens its political and economic relations with the oil- and gas-rich Gulf monarchies.He arrived in Riyadh from GCC member Qatar after attending the signing of a 6.3-billion-euro ($7-billion) deal between French aerospace firm Dassault and Qatari defense officials. Hollande's Riyadh trip comes just over a week before the GCC leaders visit their traditional ally Washington.Before Hollande, the only other foreign leader invited to a GCC summit was Iran's then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in 2007 .U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Saudi Arabia this week before security talks in France.
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