Ahmadinejad invited to Saudi summit over Syria

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 00:14

Tehran: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will take part in a meeting of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Saudi Arabia, which will focus on the Syrian conflict, Iran`s Mehr news agency reported Monday.

Mohammad Reza Forqani, head of the international affairs in Ahmadinejad`s administration, said the president was invited by the Saudi king.

Iran and Saudi Arabia remain at loggerheads because of their stances on Syria. Iran, Syria`s closest ally in the region, has repeatedly voiced support for President Bashar al-Assad while the Saudis have called to arm the Syrian opposition.

Saudi King Abdullah invited Ahmadinejad to the conference to be held Aug 15-16, despite the growing tensions between the Sunni-dominated kingdom and the predominantly Shia Islamic republic, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The Syrian conflict has claimed 14,000-20,000 lives since March 2011, according to estimates by various opposition groups and the UN.


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First Published: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 00:14

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