Official denies meeting between King Abdullah and Israeli president

April 30, 2009

In response to reports quoting U.S. Under Secretary of State William Burns as saying that the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz spoke with Israeli President Shimon Peres on the margins of last November’s interfaith dialogue conference in New York, a Saudi official rejected the claim as baseless and totally untrue. He asked the State Department to explain and retract Under Secretary Burns’ remarks, noting that such inaccurate statements are not helpful to Saudi-U.S. relations.