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Saudi-Egyptian talks focus on the Middle East, Lebanon

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, last night.

The two leaders discussed Arab, Islamic and international issues. They devoted particular attention to the Middle East, with President Mubarak briefing the King on the Quartet summit held Monday in Sharm El-Sheikh.

King Abdullah and Mubarak also reviewed the situation in Lebanon. They expressed concern over the continuing tension in Lebanon, and called on the Lebanese people to take their national interests into consideration. They also urged Lebanon to respond positively to the reconciliation efforts of Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa.

In addition, the Saudi-Egyptian talks addressed the situation in Iraq, Iran’s nuclear program, and implementing the resolutions adopted by the Arab Summit in Riyadh.

In a press conference last night, Egyptian spokesman Suleiman Awad said that King Abdullah and President Mubarak agreed that recent developments in Palestine should not increase the suffering of the Palestinian people or hinder Arab and international efforts to achieve a resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Moreover, President Mubarak has made it clear that Egypt and the Palestinians need a period of calm before resuming dialogue, which remains the only way to settle disputes, Awad said.
Last night, President Mubarak also hosted a dinner in honor of King Abdullah and his accompanying delegation.

King Abdullah’s visit to Egypt is the fourth stop on a five-nation tour that has also included visits to Spain, France and Poland. The King concludes his tour with a visit to Jordan today.

Before departing for Jordan with the King, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Ghait for talks about the situations in Palestine and Lebanon.