Iran rebukes Saudi over Mideast conference


"I wish the name of Saudi Arabia was not among those attending the Annapolis conference," Ahmadinejad was quoted as telling Abdullah, according to the state-run IRNA agency.

"Arab countries should be watchful in the face of the plots and deception of the Zionist enemy," he added.

Israeli and Palestinian leaders are to meet in Annapolis outside Washington in a bid to kick-start negotiations for a Palestinian state living in peace with Israel, Iran’s arch regional enemy which it does not recognise.

More than a dozen Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and Iran’s top regional ally Syria, are to send representatives.


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