Saturday, March 03, 2007

Ahmadinejad & Abdullah Reject Sectarian Strife

I wonder if these guys can really affect the situation in Iraq with just words and a meeting. I wise person once said "actions speak louder than words."

Ahmadinejad, Saudi king reject sectarian strife
Sat Mar 3, 2007 4:52PM EST

By Souhail Karam

RIYADH (Reuters) - Sunni and Shi'ite heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran agreed on Saturday to fight the spread of sectarian strife that threatens to spill over from their neighbor Iraq, the Saudi foreign minister said.

Saudi King Abdullah held talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who was on his first official trip to Saudi Arabia. A Saudi official said earlier the Sunni Muslim kingdom would seek Shi'ite Iran's help to ease sectarian tensions in Iraq erupting into full-blown civil war.

Killings by Sunni and Shi'ite death squads in Iraq and the political crisis in Lebanon dividing Sunni and Shi'ite parties have led to fears of sectarian conflict in the Middle East. Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran are among the most influential nations of their respective branches of Islam.

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