Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been officially invited by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, to attend an emergency Islamic summit in Mecca in August.
Leaders of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have been invited to attend an emergency summit in Mecca, the holiest City in Islam, to be held on August 15-16. The Saudi Gazette reported King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz has called the “extraordinary Islamic solidarity meeting to ensure... unity during this delicate time as the Muslim world faces dangers of fragmentation and sedition.”
OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told the Arab News that the issue of Syria, along with the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, will feature in the summit's agenda. The King's invitation to the Iranian President was extended by the Saudi ambassador to Tehran. According to Press TV no definite decision has been reached if Ahmadinejad will accept the invitation, noting that various aspects of his presence are being studied.
Tensions are fraught between the Sunni Kingdom and its Shi'ite neighbor, exacerbated by Saudi's sending of troops to help quell the uprising in Bahrain. Saudi has accused the Islamic Republic of stirring up tensions amongst the Shi'ite population in the eastern,oil-rich part of the Kingdom. Additionally Saudi Arabia has threatened to develop its own nuclear weapons in response to the perceived threat from Iran's increasing nuclear capability.
Haaretz reported the Iranian President said earlier this week that he would attend this year's Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca if formally invited. Hajj is scheduled to take place in late October.