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Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz al Saud

Saudi foreign minister defends policy at Munich meeting

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Friday defended his country's foreign policy and its stance in Yemen and Syria, insisting that the kingdom has no ambitions beyond its borders.

Since taking power last year, King Salman has led his country toward an aggressive new stance, confronting longtime regional rival Iran by leading a military coalition fighting Iranian-allied rebels in Yemen. Riyadh is also one of the main opponents of President Bashar Assad's government in Syria.

Though few of Saudi Arabia's allies have publicly criticized its policies, an intelligence analysis released by Germany's BND spy agency in December cited concern over the kingdom's "new impulsive...