Saudi Arabian FM denies supporting Sunnis in Iraq

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister denied Tuesday allegations his country was supporting Sunni Muslims against Shi'ites in Iraq, insisting the kingdom is impartial and hoping to reconcile the two sides. The minister's comment came after a Saudi consultant warned in Washington that the oil-rich Sunni kingdom would intervene to support Sunnis in Iraq if the US pulled out from the wartorn nation. "Since the beginning of the crisis in Iraq over the government formation, the kingdom has announced ... that it stands impartial among all factions," Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, told reporters.