Israeli Foreign Minister Meets Arab Leaders in Qatar

[Ha'aretz] Barak Ravid - Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni arrived in Qatar on Sunday to attend the Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade, at which she has been invited to speak. Senior Lebanese and Iranian officials responded by canceling their participation. "The Arab states cannot continue sitting on the fence when it comes to support and backing for the peace process," Livni said Sunday. Livni wants to enlist Qatar and other Persian Gulf states at the conference in the peace process. "The greater the support from the Arab states, the easier it will be for the Palestinians to reach decisions," she said. She wishes to convey to the Arab officials she meets that "Israel is no longer the enemy," and that "a situation has been created in which the threat is posed by Iran and extremist elements such as Hamas and Hizbullah."

2008-04-14 01:00:00

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