White House Aims For Neutral Posture in Saudi-Iran Rift – Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration strove to appear neutral Monday amid open confrontation between its ally Saudi Arabia and its frequent nemesis Iran, a strategy that risked anger from Riyadh as the U.S. tries to navigate the growing crisis in the region.

The White House contacted Iranian and Saudi officials over the past two days in an effort to de-escalate tensions, senior U.S. officials said Monday. The contacts included calls…


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