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Friday, June 26, 2009

Iran: Ayatollah Sistani Declines Meeting with Ahmadinejad

The Shiite religious leader with the biggest influence, Najaf-based Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani — who rivals Ayatollah Khamenei as a marjaa for Shiites around the world — has kept quiet on the Iranian crisis. But a person familiar with the matter said this week that Ayatollah Sistani declined Mr. Ahmadinejad’s request for a meeting during the Iranian president’s visit to Iraq last year. At the time, Mr. Ahmadinejad said he had canceled a trip to Najaf because of a tight schedule.

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