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Kerry in Switzerland as Iran nuclear deadline looms

AFP, WASHINGTON

The long tense relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the foremost Shiite and Sunni Muslim powers in the Middle East, worsened when they took different sides in the Syrian civil war.

Tehran backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Riyadh supports the Sunni rebels trying to topple him. Iran also supports Shiite armed movements in Iraq and Lebanon, and has been accused of fomenting trouble in Yemen.

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