Prince Saud urges Israel to accept Arab Peace Initiative

January 8, 2009

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal told reporters in New York yesterday that the Arab Peace Plan is still on the table and its acceptance by Israel would bring peace to the Middle East.

 

"In 2002, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud proposed a peace plan to end the Arab-Israeli conflict," said Prince Saud. "The Arab Peace Initiative calls for the withdrawal of Israel from the Occupied Territories and the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital."

Prince Saud said that Arab countries are willing to participate in the peace process, but noted, "Before any negotiations can start, the fighting has to stop."

Tuesday marked the twelfth day of Israeli bombardment of Gaza, which has left more than 700 people dead and close to 3,000 injured.

Prince Saud warned Israel that its actions in Gaza are counter-productive. "War as a political tool is the wrong method," he said. "We have seen that over the past few years."

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