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Iran President arrives in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Nov 17, IRNA - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad heading a politico-economic delegation arrived in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to attend the third OPEC summit.

During his two-day stay, President Ahmadinejad is also to meet leaders of 12 member states of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Counties (OPEC), including the Saudi King Abdullah.

Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, heading a delegation, arrived in Riyadh on Friday. Oil Minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari and Minister of Economy and Finance Davoud Danesh Jaafari also arrived in Riyadh on Thursday to attend the OPEC ministerial meetings.

The summit will start its 2-day meeting in Riyadh on Saturday.

The first OPEC summit was held in Algeria in 1975.

Iran, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Indonesia, Iraq, Kuwait, Angola, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela comprise the 12 member organization.

US not capable of attacking Iran, Ahmadinejad

Tehran, Nov 17, IRNA - The US is not capable of attacking Iran at present, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stressed in a televised interview with an Arabic-language tv network.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with al-Arabia tv network which was aired Friday night, the president said, "The Iranian nation will give a harsh response to any US attack."

However, President Ahmadinejad argued that Washington was not currently in a position to attack Iran due to several reasons including "absence of necessary economic, political and military grounds."

"They (US officials) are sure that Iranians will give a harsh response to their attack and will make them regret the move," President Ahmadinejad stressed.

Referring to Iran-Saudi Arabia "joint point of view," the president said, "Cooperation among neighboring states is the best choice to prevent others from putting pressures on regional countries."

"We want a region moving forward in an atmosphere of amity and brotherhood and this is the policy adopted by Iran," President Ahmadinejad stressed.

Noting that Tehran considered "all regional states as its neighbors," the president stressed, "and there is no reasons for any hostility among regional states."

"All existing problems can be solved and there is not obstacle on the way of resolving those problems," President Ahmadinejad stressed.

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