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Why does Turki care about Achmanadinijad, a Shiite?

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Submitted by Deb (United States), Mar 2, 2009 at 14:52

I found his quote curious in that Achmanadinijad is a Shiite, whereas Saudis are Wahabis, who hold Shiism in disdain...I don't think anyone in the Sunni world wants an Iranian hegemony over Islam.

Finally Turki notes that Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on "Saudi Arabia to lead a jihad against Israel [that] would, if pursued, create unprecedented chaos and bloodshed." He soothingly notes that, "So far, the kingdom has resisted these calls," but then reiterates his threat a third time: "every day this restraint becomes more difficult to maintain. … Eventually, the kingdom will not be able to prevent its citizens from joining the worldwide revolt against Israel."

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