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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah (l) with Lebanon's President, Michel Aoun

Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom issued a joint statement Saturday after a three-day state visit to London by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, vowing to deepen ties and strategic cooperation on issues of common interest, according to the Saudi Press Agency. They also agreed on other avenues of future cooperation such as education, science, technology and finance.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Saudi Crown Prince agreed to work together to support the Lebanese government in exerting its power over all the Lebanese territories, and to “disarm Hezbollah from its weapons and counter its destabilizing role.”

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The two countries stressed the need to stop Iranian support for militias in Yemen by ensuring withdrawal of Iranian fighters and Hezbollah from the country. They also agreed that any political settlement must result in an end to security threats to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other regional states, as well as to Red Sea shipping.

In addition, the British prime minister and the Saudi Crown Prince called on Iran to abide by the principles of being a good neighbor, saying it must not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations, in accordance with international codes and the Charter of the United Nations.

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