King Salman of Saudi Arabia Meets With Hamas Leaders

18 Jul 2015   Gaza, Saudi Arabia

King Salman of Saudi Arabia met Friday with top political leaders of the Palestinian militant group Hamas , in the most striking example yet of the new king’s willingness to work with Islamist organizations long considered foes. Analysts with close ties to the Saudi royal family said the meeting appeared to reflect King Salman’s determination to rally as much of the Arab world as possible against Iran, the kingdom’s chief rival, at a time when the Saudis fear that Iran will emerge empowered by its deal with Western powers to lift economic sanctions in exchange for limits on its nuclear program . The meeting was held in Mecca and included Khaled Meshal, Hamas ’s political leader who lives in Qatar. It was a startling reversal from the approach of the previous king, Abdullah, who had led a campaign to roll back or eradicate the Muslim Brotherhood and […]

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