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Saudi asked France, US, UK to prevent Qatar buying missile system

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud attends a football match in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 18 May 2017 [Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Kingdom Council / Handout - Anadolu Agency]
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz [Al Saud [Bandar Algaloud/Anadolu Agency]

King of Saudi Arabia, Salman Bin Abdulaziz, asked the leaders of France, the United States and the United Kingdom to intervene and convince Qatar not to buy the Russian S-400 missile system.

George Malbrunot, French Le Figaro Middle East correspondent said on Twitter that King Salman asked US President, Donald Trump, French President, Emmanuel Macron, and British Prime Minister, Theresa May, to intervene and block the Qatari deal.

Malbrunot quoted an unnamed French source as saying that King Salman “was not satisfied with speaking to Macron so he asked Trump and May to persuade Qatar to back down”.

This came just hours after French Le Monde newspaper revealed that Saudi Arabia had threatened to target Qatar militarily if it received the Russian missile system.

Read: Saudi threatens military action if Qatar deploys anti-aircraft missiles

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