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Iranian President in significant visit to Saudi Arabia

Ahmadinejad to attend the OIC summit in Saudi Arabia


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad travelled to Mecca for a summit being held by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (AFP PHOTO)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad travelled to Mecca for a summit being held by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (AFP PHOTO)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad travelled to Mecca on Monday, ahead of a summit being held by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) scheduled for 14-15 August.

Saudi King Abdullah last week extended the invitation to President Ahmadinejad, significant given Iran’s historically strained relations with Saudi Arabia.

The 57-member OIC plans to mainly discuss the crisis in Syria, but will also examine sectarianism against Muslims in Burma, developments in the Palestinian issue, and possibly the turmoil in Bahrain.

“We hope this conference which is highly important for the Muslim world will pursue empathy among Islamic countries and wean off grudge and hatred among them,” Ahmadinejad said in Tehran before his departure, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. “The visit is taking place at the official invitation of the host country in order to both perform a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca and take part in the OIC summit,” he also told reporters.

Ahmadinejad also said that he hoped the Mecca conference would bring “further convergency and solidarity” to Muslim countries, according to Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency. He claimed that “enemies” are working to pit Muslim states against one another and waste their governments’ wealth.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry stated that Ahmadinejad would be accompanied by a delegation including Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and senior advisor to the President, Mojtaba Samareh-Hashemi.

“By attending the summit, we will express our viewpoints and try to bridge the gaps and narrow the differences through dialogue,” Salehi said .

No explicit references were made to Syria in Ahmadinejad’s statements or on pages on Iran’s Foreign Ministry website discussing the summit.

Saudi Arabia and Iran often find themselves on opposite sides of regional conflicts. While Saudi Arabia been a strong supporter of the Free Syrian Army rebels, Iran has pledged moral support to Alawite Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. This past spring, Saudi Arabia announced it would provide arms to rebel forces fighting Al-Assad’s army. The United States and other governments have accused Tehran of providing assistance to Damascus. Before the uprising, Iran was a major supplier of weapons to the Syrian army.

Syrian rebels kidnapped forty-eight Shi’a Iranian pilgrims at the beginning of August. The captors claim that some of the hostages are members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Three of the hostages have reportedly been killed in shelling from government forces in Damascus.

The two nation’s governments have also taken opposing stances on protests and turmoil in Bahrain. Saudi Arabia has provided a wide range of support to the Sunni government while Iran expressed strong support for the Shi’a majority.

Iran is still recovering from two earthquakes that struck the city of Tabriz that reportedly killed 306 people and injured approximately an additional 2,500. Many governments including the US, Japan, Switzerland, Russia, and Turkey have stepped forward voicing willingness to provide aid to victims of the quake. However Iran’s Interior Minister Mostafa Mohamed Najjar has rejected foreign aid, affirming the Iranian government is capable of dealing with the disaster using its own resources.

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  • THE PRESIDENT OF IRAN MUST UNDERSTAND WESTERNERS DONT UNDERSTAND HIS WAY OF SAYING ONE THING MEANING ANOTHER
    LIKE THE HOLOCOST DIDNOT HAPPEN HE EXPLAINED HE MENT WHY SHOULD THE PALESTENIANS PAY FOR IT HES RIGHT BUT WESTERNERS CANNOT’ ACCEPT HIS WAY OF SAYING THAT BY DENYING HOLOCOST WHICH IS HIS WAY OF SAYING IF YOU CANT UNDERSTAND THIS I CANT UNDERSTAND THAT
    ALSO HIS STATMENT ISRAEL SHOULD BE WIPED OFF THE MAP
    THE JEWS GOT 8 BILLION A YEAR FOR THEIR NUCLEAR FACTORYS AFTER HE SAID THAT AND USE IT DAILY TO CONVINCE CIA & OBAMA TO ATTACK IRAN SAYING NOW HE SAID INSTEAD HES GOING TO ATTACK ISRAEL WITH NUCLEAR BOMBS
    THATS ALL THEY NEED TO HEAR IN THE US TO START WAR PLAND JEWS RUN THWE US INC ASE HE DIDNT KNOW
    HE MUST REXPLAIN HE MENT ISRAEL WAS A BAD IDEA TO START WITH SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CHARTERED AS A NATION STATE
    AND NEEDS TO BE DECERTIFIED AS A NATION STATE
    A RESPECTED US JEWISH LADY WORKING IN THE US GOVERNMENT MADE THE SAME ARGUEMENT SUGGESTION LAST YEAR AND SHE WAS FIRED AS THEY TRIED TO FIRE THE W VIRGINA SENATOR WHO SAID “THE JEWISH LOBBY IS PUSHING US INTO THIS WAR AGAINST IRAQ TOO FAST NOW CIA SAYS IRAQ WAR WAS A STRAGETIC MISTAKE
    AND THESES RECKLESS STATEMENTS HAVE OBAMA SAYING
    “I WILL NOT LET IRAN GET A NUCLEAR BOMB DUE TO ISRAELI FEAR
    TACTICS

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