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    CHECHEN PRESIDENT AHMAD KADYROV STARTS OFFICIAL VISIT TO SAUDI ARABIA

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    JIDDAH (Saudi Arabia), January 15, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - The official part of Chechen President Ahmad Kadyrov's visit to Saudi Arabia starts on Thursday.

    Yesterday evening, accompanied by a delegation, he arrived in Jiddah at the invitation of Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdallah ibn Abd al-Aziz al-Saud.

    A spokesman for the Russian Consulate General in Jiddah told reporters that on Thursday Mr. Kadyrov would meet with the leadership of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Jiddah and with business representatives. A meeting with the president of the Islamic Bank for Development, Ahmed Mohammed Ali, is also planned.

    The Chechen leader will visit Mecca, the holy place of the Muslim word, where he will perform the ummah rite.

    In the evening, a reception will be given in one of the Jiddah palaces belonging to well-known Saudi cultural leader, Abdel Maksoud Haji. Representatives of the Jiddah intelligentsia, clergy and businessmen from the Mecca province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will attend the reception.

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