August 19, 2012

A Light on Sunni-Shiite Rivalries

Kaveh Afrasiabi, Asia Times

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A sense of some positive chemistry between King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in Mecca suggests progress can be made towards managing the Sunni-Shi'ite rivals' regional struggle. For an early test of this rapprochement, look to how Syria is handled at this month's Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran.

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TAGGED: Shiite, Sunni, Tehran, Mecca, Syria, Non-Aligned Movement, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, President , King

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