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Saudi foreign minister: ‘Iran is taking over’ Iraq

Iraq's foreign minister dismissed Saudi concerns that Iran was taking control of his country and he said Baghdad sought good relations with both regional powers. Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia, the main regional rival of Shi'ite Iran, fears Tehran's growing influence in Iraq, whose government is Shi'ite-led. Riyadh is also concerned that Iran will gain from any […]

Malak Ghobrial and Saif Eldin Hamdan report for Reuters:

Iraq's foreign minister dismissed Saudi concerns that Iran was taking control of his country and he said Baghdad sought good relations with both regional powers. Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia, the main regional rival of Shi'ite Iran, fears Tehran's growing influence in Iraq, whose government is Shi'ite-led. Riyadh is also concerned that Iran will gain from any nuclear deal it manages to clinch in its ongoing negotiations with the West.