Saudi Arabia Invites Ahmadinejad to Mecca Summit, Arab News Says

Saudi Arabia invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to an “emergency summit” on Islamic solidarity to be held in Mecca on August 14-15, Arab News reported, citing Muhammad bin Ahmed Tayeb, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s office in the Muslim holy city.

Saudi Ambassador to Iran Muhammad al-Kilabi handed the invitation to Rahim Mashani, director of the Iranian president’s office, at a meeting in Tehran yesterday, the Jeddah-based newspaper reported. The kingdom invited leaders of the 57 member states of Organization of Islamic Cooperation to attend the conference.

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