Saudi Arabia recently conducted large-scale military drills with some 20 allies from Arab and Sunni countries. While the soldiers were learning how to better coordinate their actions, with a strong focus on anti-terrorist operations, Saudi diplomats were busy strengthening ties with their allied counterparts.
Indeed, the Saudi monarchy seems keen to display its rank as one of the region's geopolitical heavyweights. But beyond the wars in Syria, Yemen and Iraq and the fight against terrorist groups, one country appears to be in the crosshairs of these military and diplomatic manoeuvres: Iran.
FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman and Georges Yazbeck report from Saudi Arabia.
A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Laura Burloux.
Author of "The Saudi Kingdom: Between the Jihadi Hammer and the Iranian Anvil"