Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Abdullah to Cheney: Saudis will back Sunnis if U.S. quits Iraq
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah warned Vice President Cheney that his nation would back Sunnis in Iraq if the United States pulled out, according to a source.
A senior American official says Abdullah read the "riot act" to the vice president when the two met a few weeks ago in Riyadh and said that Abdullah was very tough on Cheney.
Abdullah, according to the source, told Cheney that the Arabian Kingdom would be forced to step in and support "like-minded Sunni Arabs" if the situation in Iraq fell apart and the Sunni minority's safety in Iraq was in jeopardy.
In the same meeting, Abdullah also voiced strong opposition to the United States pursuing talks with Iran, as recommended in the Iraq Study Group report.
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