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Saudi envoy arrives in Washington amid fear of U.S.-Iran war

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump take part in a welcome ceremony in Saudi Arabia accompanied Prince Khalid bin Salman in 2017. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

A senior Saudi envoy has arrived in Washington and will meet Monday with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior White House and Pentagon officials in an attempt to de-escalate the crisis in the Gulf.

Why it matters: Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman — a former ambassador to the U.S. — was urgently sent to Washington by his brother, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi Arabia is deeply concerned it could become engulfed in uncontrolled escalation between the U.S. and Iran following President Trump's decision to kill Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

U.S. men's soccer team cancels Qatar training

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The U.S. Soccer Federation crest during a match between the U.S. and Ecuador in March 2019. Photo: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The U.S. men's soccer team postponed traveling to Qatar for a scheduled January training camp "due to the developing situation in the region," the U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Friday.

Context: A U.S. airstrike in Iraq this week killed Qasem Soleimani, one of Iran's most powerful commanders. Qatar, the first Arab nation set to host the World Cup for the 2022 games, rests in the Persian Gulf.