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Ahmadinejad invited to be pilgrim

Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will this week become the first sitting president of the Islamic republic to perform the pilgrimage to Mecca, his office said. It follows a formal invitation from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, seat of the Islamic holy places and a long-time regional rival of revolutionary Iran. It is not clear if he has performed the Hajj before, or if past presidents have been to Mecca after leaving office. Full Story

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