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Report: Saudi says pilgrimage not for politics

Report: Saudi says pilgrimage not for politics

A top Saudi official has warned against mixing politics with the upcoming annual pilgrimage to Mecca in a veiled reference to Iran.
The comments by Saudi Arabia's hajj minister Wednesday to the daily al-Watan came after Iran's supreme leader urged his people to promote the Iranian point of view at the annual ritual.
Saudi Arabia _ a majority Sunni nation _ is home to Islam's holiest sites which are visited once a year by millions of Muslims from across the world, including followers of the Shiite sect, like most Iranians.
Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday Shiites are often insulted during the pilgrimage, and urged Iranians to use the occasion to "introduce other visitors to (Iranian) Islam."