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Saudi king, Trump talk on how to face Iran, fight terrorism

US President Donald Trump (L) speaks on the phone to King Salman of Saudi Arabia, watched by (2-L) Senior Adviser Jared Kusher, White House press secretary Sean Spicer(2-R) and National Security adviser Michael Flynn, in the Oval Office of the White House on January 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photos by AFP)

Saudi King Salman and US President Donald Trump speak for the first time since the new American commander-in-chief assumed office, focusing on Iran as well as terrorism.

According to a White House statement released on Sunday the two talked about Iran’s "destabilizing regional activities.”

Saudi Arabia, where the extremist Wahhabi ideology is practiced, is widely believed to support and fund the Takfiri terrorist groups that have been wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.

According to a senior Saudi source, the conversation "resulted in agreement on many important matters, including enhancing the participation of the two countries in fighting terrorism, extremism and its funding."

"The president requested and the king agreed to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen, as well as supporting other ideas to help the many refugees who are displaced by the ongoing conflicts," read the White House statement.

The two also said they want the nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers to be “rigorously” pursued, the White House said.

Tehran has, on several occasions, denounced the United States’ lack of compliance with its commitments in the agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

An Indonesian protester holds placards showing Saudi King Salman (at R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (at L) during a demonstration in Jakarta in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy on January 26, 2017. 

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - the US, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany – reached a historic nuclear deal in 2015.

The unnamed Saudi source speaking to Reuters on Sunday did not say if the king had commented about Trump’s entry ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

This is while rights organizations and Muslim nations around the globe have vehemently censured the move.

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