Saudi king aims for new Sunni bloc vs Iran and Islamic State

March 5, 2015 6:37 PM

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Saudi king aims for new Sunni bloc vs Iran and Islamic State

RIYADH/DOHA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is pushing for Sunni Muslim Middle East countries to set aside differences over political Islam and focus on what it sees as more urgent threats from Iran and Islamic State.

Its new monarch, King Salman, has used summits with leaders of all five Gulf Arab states, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey over the past 10 days to reinforce the need for unity and find a way to work around disagreements over the Muslim Brotherhood.

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