Saudi Foreign Minister: "Making Conditions Right for a Settlement Is Not by Making Gestures"

[State Department] After meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington on Friday, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said: "Incrementalism and a step-by-step approach has not and - we believe - will not achieve peace. Temporary security, confidence-building measures will also not bring peace." He was asked: Q: If the Obama Administration gets a full settlement freeze, would your country or the Arabs do anything in return? Saud: "We believe that making conditions right for a settlement is not by making gestures. It is by delving into the real issues. As the Secretary has said, that is what will make peace. And remember, giving up settlement is not something that Israel is giving."

2009-08-03 06:00:00

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