It all happened on a Friday towards the end of May. While the people of Iran were voting to elect their new president, the new resident of the White House, Donald J. Trump, was heading out for Riyadh on 19 May. On the one side, the protagonist was Iran. On the other side, Saudi Arabia and the United States were preparing for an important meeting. Not only were the future of the Mediterranean and international balance of power at stake, but also the future of the Iran deal, i.e. the nuclear deal reached by the P5+1 countries (the United States, Russia, France, China and the United Kingdom plus Germany), the European Union and Iran.

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