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Riyadh denied any role in intercepting Iranian projectiles targeting Israel. 

Heightened regional tensions underscored risk of expanded conflict. In response to suggestions that Riyadh intercepted Iranian drones and missiles launched 13-14 April in retaliation for Israel’s bombing of Iran’s consulate in Syrian capital Damascus, Saudi sources denied any role in defending Israel (see Iran, Israel-Palestine and Conflict in Focus). Reflecting improved relations with Iran, first group of Iranian pilgrims in nine years 22 April travelled to Saudi Arabia for umrah pilgrimage. U.S. Sec State Antony Blinken 29 April met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh to discuss tensions in region and Gaza crisis.

Govt promised to start Sudan mediation process. On sidelines of International Humanitarian Conference for Sudan in French capital Paris and amid growing scrutiny of Saudi Arabia’s role in mediating Sudan’s conflict, Riyadh 15 April promised to restart Jeddah talks within three weeks (see Sudan). 

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