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Saudis dismiss Bin Laden tape as desperate

world Updated: Jun 03, 2009 20:39 IST

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Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday that a new tape from Osama bin Laden accusing visiting US President Barack Obama of "antagonising Muslims" was a sign of the Al-Qaeda chief's desperation.

"It's an act of desperation," information ministry official Nial al-Jubeir told AFP after the tape from the Al-Qaeda mastermind was aired on Al-Jazeera television.

"They are still making their statements while hiding in a cave," he said.

The bin Laden tape surfaced shortly after Obama arrived in Riyadh for meetings with Saudi King Abdullah, and a day ahead of a major address to the Muslim world Obama is to deliver in Cairo.