Saudi Mufti denies inviting Israeli rabbis to religious dialogue
(dpa) - Saudi Arabia's Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz al-Sheikh on Wednesday denied reports that he has invited Israeli rabbis to attend a conference on inter-religious dialogue in Riyadh.
Al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority, said in a press statement that all reports concerning a Saudi invitation to Israeli rabbis are "incorrect."
"I ask all of you (the media) to check all facts before publishing," the Saudi mufti said.
On Monday, Israeli radio reported that the Saudi mufti has invited a number of Israeli rabbis to participate in a summit about religious reconciliation.
Earlier, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced plans to host a conference that would create religious dialogue between the monotheistic religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
Saudi Arabia has no diplomatic ties with Israel. Any religious relations between Saudi Imams and Israeli rabbis would be considered an unprecedented move in the Middle East.