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    The meeting comes amid increased hostility between the United States and Iran over incidents which have included the downing of an American drone and a series of attacks on oil tankers in the waters near Iran, amid a US military build-up in the Persian Gulf.

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has arrived at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels to attend the first day of a two-day meeting of NATO Defence Ministers.

    The meeting came as the United States and Iran have hit the lowest point in their relations in decades; the enmity between the two nations worsened significantly following the unilateral US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal back in May 2018. A year later, the tensions continued to flare up with the United States unveiling batches of sanctions against the Islamic Republic, targeting the country's finance, transport, military and other spheres.



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