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Saudi Arabia praised for role in Palestinian unity agreement

Saudi Arabia is receiving praise for the successful conclusion of the Makkah Summit, which resulted in a landmark power-sharing agreement between Hamas and Fatah.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz invited the Palestinian leaders to hold reconciliation talks in Makkah, which yesterday resulted in the Makkah Agreement.

A range of countries praised King Abdullah’s efforts, including the United Arab Emirates, Syria, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain. Palestinian and Lebanese officials, as well as Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa and Organization of the Islamic Conference Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, have all publicly welcomed the Makkah Agreement.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier lauded King Abdullah’s efforts and expressed the hope that the agreement would end the internal violence in Palestine. Germany currently holds the presidency of the European Union.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also commented on the Saudi efforts during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing yesterday. “We’ve made clear what we believe the international requirements are for any Palestinian government, but I think it’s perfectly natural for regional states to try and help with the Palestinian crisis,” she said.