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(CNN) - A close associate of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was flown from Iran to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after surrendering to security officials at the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, a Saudi Interior Ministry official said.
Khaled al-Harbi was believed to have been living near the Afghan-Iranian border.
Video aired by the Arabic television network Al-Arabiya Tuesday showed al-Harbi being carried from a plane and placed in a wheelchair.
Al-Harbi is believed to have fought with bin Laden against Russian forces in Afghanistan about 20 years ago. Saudi officials believe al-Harbi returned to Afghanistan in the mid-1990s, joining up with al Qaeda.
In late 2001, he was identified on a videotape conversing with bin Laden about the September 11 terrorist attacks.
News of the surrender comes after a Saudi amnesty offer in late June for al Qaeda fighters to surrender within a month.