Saudi king seats Ahmadinejad at his side at summit

By REUTERS
August 15, 2012 04:40




RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah seated Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at his side to welcome leaders to a summit on Wednesday, an apparent conciliatory gesture before the Organization of Islamic Cooperation suspends the membership of Iran's ally Syria.

Foreign ministers of the 57-member body have already agreed to suspend Syria over President Bashar Assad's crackdown on protests. The decision, which requires support of two thirds of members and is strongly opposed by Tehran, is expected to be implemented on Wednesday at a summit called by Abdullah in the holy city of Mecca.


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