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thecradle | Iran looking to form `naval alliance' with Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, 3 June
[Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani] also highlighted Abu Dhabi's recent withdrawal from the US-led 'Combined Maritime Forces,' a 34-nation task force headquartered in Bahrain, the home of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.

"We previously had joint work with Oman, and now Saudi Arabia is heading in this direction, and there is also the UAE, Qatar [!], Bahrain, Iraq, Pakistan, and India," Irani said during a televised program on Friday night.

He did not elaborate on the shape of the proposed alliance.

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timesofisrael | Israel normalization on agenda as Blinken heads to Saudi Arabia next week, 2 June
During the June 6-8 trip, Blinken will "discuss US-Saudi strategic cooperation on regional and global issues and a range of bilateral issues including economic and security cooperation," the State Department said.

He will participate in a ministerial meeting on Wednesday with the Gulf Cooperation Council "to discuss the growing cooperation with our GCC partners to promote security, stability, de-escalation, regional integration and economic opportunities across the Middle East."

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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Peninsula Affairs Daniel Benaim reiterated the administration's support for expanding the Abraham Accords during a briefing Friday previewing the trip.
state.gov | Secretary Blinken's Travel to Saudi Arabia, 2 June
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