Saudis Cautious on Plans for Middle East Conference with Israel

[Independent-UK] Anne Penketh - Saudi Arabia has placed conditions on attending a U.S.-proposed Middle East peace conference as the Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, attempts to drum up support for the initiative during a regional tour. The foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, said after talks with Rice in Jeddah Wednesday that his country favored a peace conference dealing with "the substantive matters of peace, the issues of real substance and not form or insubstantive issues." He added if that were the case "it becomes of great interest for Saudi Arabia and should we then get an invitation from the Secretary [Rice] to attend that conference we will look very closely and very hard at attending the conference."

2007-08-02 01:00:00

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