US denies ties with Saudis under strain

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Relations between the United States (US) and Saudi Arabia remain strong, a US official insisted on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), brushing aside a report its key Gulf ally was seeking to distance itself from Washington amid differences over Syria.

Asked if Riyadh had told Washington that it planned to cut back cooperation, State Department deputy spokesman Marie Harf replied: “Not to my knowledge has that message been sent to the State Department by the Saudis.”

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