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Kerry: US, Saudi Arabia 'close' despite differences over conflict in Syria

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"The shift away from the U.S. is a major one," a source close to Saudi policy told Reuters. "Saudi doesn't want to find itself any longer in a situation where it is dependent."

Kerry downplayed the report, saying that the intelligence chief’s comments were several days old and that he had spoken with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal about the issues raised.

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