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Iran's Khatami Condemns Saudi Bombings

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami condemned the terrorist bombings in Saudi Arabia and said Wednesday that despite “important and big” differences with Washington, the recently disclosed U.S.-Iranian talks in Geneva would continue. The attack on compounds housing Western civilians in Saudi Arabia “by any person or party and for whatever goal, is condemned,” Khatami told reporters at a news conference in Beirut. He said he had sent Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah a condolence telegram. He said such an attack provides “pretext for those who want to impose wars on people.” Syria, where Khatami was flying to Wednesday, also condemned the bombings as “a sinful terrorist act,” the official Syrian Arab News Agency reported. Iran, despite strained relations with the United States, also condemned the September 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington that were blamed on al-Qaida, the terror group run by Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden that also has been linked to the Saudi attacks. Full Story

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