Monday, September 25, 2006

PM: I did not meet with top Saudi official

In Ynet interview, Olmert denies report he secretly met with senior member of Saudi royal family, perhaps with King Abdullah himself. 'I believed Saudi Arabia's conduct during war in Lebanon entailed different reaction. There is a long way from this to drawing conclusions,' he says

"The Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported Monday morning that Olmert secretly met about 10 days ago with a senior member of the Saudi royal family."

According to Olmert, "in a newspaper interview I said what I believe – that the Saudi stance during the Lebanon war testified to responsibility and judgment."

"Since in our public declarations we always criticize countries like Saudi, I believed that its conduct entailed a different reaction. There is a long way from this to drawing conclusions," he said.

Saudi Arabia is responsible for a peace initiative, according to which Israel will withdraw to the 1967 borders and in exchange will gain peace agreements and normalization with all Arab state.

It is also part of a new peace initiative , being promoted both by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan's King Abdullah.


Where there is smoke, there is fire.

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