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Saudi foreign minister 'hopeful' over exploratory Iran talks

Saudi Arabia is "hopeful" after exploratory talks with its nemesis Iran, its foreign minister told AFP, in a rare comment on delicate discussions whose details have been closely guarded.

The official-level meetings aim to restore relations severed five years ago between the Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Shiite Islamic Republic of Iran.

Israel prepares a ground offensive; 100.000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem;

Israel has promised to continue targeting Islamist factions in Gaza, despite US President Joe Biden's prediction that their conflict could end soon.
The General Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces will consider today the approval of a possible ground offensive on the Gaza Strip, Hidai Zilberman, spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces, stated.

Turkish FM visits Saudi Arabia amid tension in Jerusalem

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has started his two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia after years of strained relations with the Gulf country since the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

The visit comes as Turkey and Saudi Arabia have stepped up to restore ties and amid the ongoing tensions in Jerusalem after Israeli aggression at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

US ship fires warning shots in encounter with Iranian boats

A group of 13 armed speedboats of Iran's Revolutionary Guard made "unsafe and unprofessional" high-speed maneuvers toward U.S. Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on May 10, and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter fired warning shots when two of the Iranian boats came dangerously close, U.S. officials said.

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