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Saudi king's death unlikely to change rivalry with Iran
Saudi king's death unlikely to change rivalry with Iran

In Iran, Saudi Arabia’s longtime rival for influence in the Middle East, there is little expectation that King Abdullah’s death will alter the deep enmity that has helped fuel hostilities and proxy battles throughout the region, including in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain. “In the near future, there will not be any letup between the two adversaries,” said Nader Karimi Juni, a political analyst in Tehran. “Iran and Saudi Arabia will never be friends. Each country has a hostile ideology toward the other.” President Hassan Rouhani and others offered their official condolences, but not much more was said publicly. Abdullah died Friday at age 90....

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