US treads warily amid Iran-Saudi tensions
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is treading warily around inflamed tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia that threaten several key U.S. foreign policy objectives.
A U.S. official said Monday that Secretary of State John Kerry had spoken with Iran's foreign minister. The official Saudi Press Agency reported Kerry had also spoken with the Saudi crown prince. One U.S. official said Kerry's message was to urge calm and warn against overreaction that some fear could lead to a sectarian war.
U.S. officials said the administration is loath to insert itself into the row between Riyadh and Tehran but wants to ensure the viability of the fight against the Islamic State group, nascent attempts to end Syria's civil war and the Iran nuclear deal.
The officials requested anonymity to speak publicly about the call.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Tiny Tiger fan Maya Whitfield's home gymnastics routine
2021 Baton Rouge Blues Festival rescheduled for September
Governor John Bel Edwards gives updates on the state's response to COVID-19
Iberville schools pushing for on-campus vaccinations
Governor responds as thousands continue waiting for unemployment benefits