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CHENNAI: The Prince of Arcot, Mohammed Abdul Ali, met Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud at the Republic Day reception hosted by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The King was happy to learn from the Nawab that his family traced its lineage from the second Caliph of Islam, Hazrath Omar Bin Khattab (680 A.D.). He offered his blessings and greeted him. The Nawab also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other national and international leaders, according to a press release.

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