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September 30, 2002

Kingdom urges US to force Israel on peace bids

Let's see now. The US wants Arab support for a war on Iraq and therefore tells Israel it should back off from Arafat's compound so American can retain its "prestige" in the Arab world. But once Israel complies, then Saudi Arabia says American should next force Israel to follow the UN resolutions and pay attention to what the Saudis think is a darn good plan--their plan. The assumption: Israel always listens to the US and with urging byu Saudi Arabia to the US, America will pressure its ally to go along with the Saudi plan. I think not.

RIYADH, 1 October — Saudi Arabia yesterday urged the United States to force Israel to comply with all UN resolutions after the White House pushed the Jewish state to lift its siege of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.

The weekly Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prince Abdullah, the regent, also condemned Israel for rejecting and ignoring international resolutions that promote peace in the Middle East.

The meeting took note of the recent American contacts, which led to lifting of the Israeli blockade of the headquarters of the Palestinian president in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

"This shows that the US is capable of putting pressure on Israel," the Cabinet said and hoped that Washington would continue its efforts until Israel has implemented all international resolutions related to establishing peace in the region.

Prince Abdullah briefed the ministers on the outcome of his talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

"The talks focused on the current developments in the region, especially the Israeli atrocities against the Palestinian people and their leadership," Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsy quoted the prince as saying.

Al-Farsy said the prince also briefed the Cabinet on his talks with Ethiopian President Grma Weleagyorges and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Prince Abdullah welcomed the new Water Minister Dr. Ghazi Al-Gosaibi and wished him all the best. The regent also spoke on the significance of water as the basis of life and emphasized the need for preserving the country’s water resources.

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