Leaders of the GCC and Hollande pose for a group photo before the opening of the summit in Riyadh.
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman said Tuesday Gulf leaders must stand up to Iran at a conference held amid growing regional tension.Salman's call came at a meeting of Gulf monarchs in Riyadh also attended by French President Francois Hollande, who said his country was "by the side" of Gulf nations. Hollande arrived in Riyadh from Qatar where he attended the signing of a 6.3 billion euro ($7-billion) deal between French aerospace firm Dassault and Qatari defense officials.Hollande's visit came as U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to host GCC leaders for talks next week.The only other foreign leader invited to a GCC summit was Iran's then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in 2007 .
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