France wants to de-escalate Saudi-Iran tensions: Fabius

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Posted: Jan 18, 2016 7:33 AM

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - France would like to de-escalate tensions between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday ahead of a visit to Riyadh to meet with King Salman and other officials.

"Our view as France is to try to de-escalate pressure," Fabius said, adding that France would also discuss different issues with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who is due to visit Paris next week.

(Reporting by Maha El Dahan; Writing by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Yara Bayoumy)