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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, right, in Riyadh, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Seeking to bridge multiple policy rifts with Saudi Arabia, Kerry hailed the kingdom's role as "the senior player" in the Middle East on Monday. Speaking to employees at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh ahead of meetings with Saudi Arabia's king and foreign minister, Kerry said Saudi Arabia had assumed the Arab leadership mantle from Egypt, which is currently distracted by major domestic uncertainty. He said strengthening the U.S.-Saudi partnership is critical to Mideast security and stability and cementing tentative political transitions around the region. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

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