Iran’s hardline president-elect rules out Biden meeting, open to mending ties with Saudi Arabia

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    #Iran’s President-elect #EbrahimRaisi ruled out on Monday a meeting with US President Joe #Biden but said there were “no obstacles” to resuming diplomatic relations with #Saudi Arabia, Shia Iran’s Sunni arch-rival, which have been severed for five years. Raisi added that he will not allow nuclear negotiations for the sake of negotiations, in his first news conference since winning election last week.

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