Saudi Interior Minister Meets with Iraqi Opposition Leader in Tehran
Saudi Interior Minister Nayef Ben Adel Aziz met here Tuesday night with exiled-Iraqi Shiite opposition leader, Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim, Iraqi opposition sources told AFP.
The meeting between Nayef and Hakim, the Iranian-based chief of The Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, lasted for 90 minutes and focused on arms sales and political and parliamentary relations in the Middle East, the source told AFP Wednesday.
No other information was available on the meeting.
The session followed the signing of a milestone security accord between Saudi Arabia and Tehran, which will coordinate the two Islamic powers' efforts at combating drug smuggling and political violence in the Gulf area.
Hakim, who has lived in Iran for 20 years, had accepted for the first time a direct dialogue on April 3 with the United States in the name of toppling the regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Traditionally, Hakim had opposed US-led intervention in Iraq and Washington's backing of the Iraqi National Congress, a mosaic of opposition groups -- TEHRAN (AFP)
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