Saudi Arabia begins trial of two alleged Israeli spies

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Pompeo predicted that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the other Gulf states would settle their differences with Qatar, which they are now isolating because the Qataris are accused of supporting terrorism and moving too close to Iran.

Earlier, the King was seen off at King Salman Air Base Airport in Riyadh by Emir of Riyadh region Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Emir of Riyadh region Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulrahman Bin Abdul Aziz, a number of princes, ministers, and senior officials. "It supports the murderous Assad regime (in Syria) as well", he said in joint remarks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir. He had arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, the first leg of a regional tour and the first stop in his first foreign trip since his appointment to his position on Thursday.

The visit to Riyadh comes just days after Pompeo was sworn-in, with President Donald Trump set to decide whether to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that is still supported by European powers.

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The two men were charged with spying for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and of planning "a terrorist act for the hajj season", which this year falls in August, while one of them was also accused of contacts with the Islamic State jihadist group.

Pompeo criticized the nuclear agreement and criticized Iran for destabilizing the region with actions such as arming and supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

"Saudi Arabia's security is a priority for us in the United States and we will continue to work closely with our Saudi partners to combat the dangers that threaten their security", he stressed.

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