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Saudi King says attempts to spread Shiite faith won't succeed

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said in an interview published Saturday that attempts to convert Muslim Sunnis to the Shiite branch of Islam will not succeed, and that Sunnis would always make up the majority of the world Muslims.

 

Although Abdullah did not mention Iran by name, his comments - rare for the Sunni monarch - appeared aimed at easing Arab concerns over the Persian Shiite nation's growing influence in the Middle East. (AP)