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Israel's defense minister says Iran wants to undermine Saudi Arabia
February 19, 2017 / 9:55 AM / in 9 months

Israel's defense minister says Iran wants to undermine Saudi Arabia

MUNICH (Reuters) - Israel’s defense minister said on Sunday Iran had an ultimate objective of undermining Saudi Arabia in the Middle East and called for a dialogue with Sunni Arab states to defeat “radical” elements in the region.

Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaks at the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 19, 2017. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Iran aimed to “undermine stability in every country in Middle East ... their main destination at the end of the day is Saudi Arabia,” Avigdor Lieberman told delegates at the Munich Security Conference, saying he was looking forward to hearing comments from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

“The real division is not Jews, Muslims ... but moderate people versus radical people,” he said.

Reporting by John Irish and Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Mark Potter

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