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"We have a common challenge, which is Iran, and I think they all recognize it, and we hope they will resolve their dispute in their own way", said Pompeo. They discussed bilateral relations as well as the latest developments in the Middle East and the efforts made regarding them.

Ghassemi also reiterated previous government statements denying Saudi and United States accusations that Iran is supplying weapons to Yemen's Huthi rebels, backed politically by Tehran.

The audience was attended by Minister of State and Cabinet member Dr. Musaed Al-Aiban, Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir, and a number of officials of the World Health Organization.

Also, while President Trump was initially supportive of the Saudis against Qatar, he recently met with the Qatari emir and became more sympathetic to Qatar's situation.

He also touched upon the allegation that Iran is meddling in Yemen.

The Iranian diplomat went on to dismiss as "repetitive and unfounded" Pompeo's remarks about Iran's presence and role in some regional countries, adding "the advisory role of Iran in the two neighboring countries is in accordance with the request of the legitimate governments of those countries and in line with fighting terrorism in the region".

Such charges are "a false problem, created exclusively for the objective of diverting the attention of worldwide public opinion from the atrocities committed by Saudi Arabia in its daily attacks" in Yemen, he said.

Israel has hinted at clandestine ties with Saudi Arabia in recent years, stressing that the two countries share an interest in countering Iran.

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