Saudi king chastises Arab leaders over disunity

March 28, 2007 19:36

The Saudi king chastized Arab leaders for infighting and said their divisions have fueled turmoil around the Mideast, prodding them to take united action at a summit Wednesday aimed at reviving a peace offer to Israel. The gathering is to relaunch a 2002 initiative offering Israel peace with the Arab world if it withdraws from lands it seized in the 1967 Mideast war, a proposal the United States and Europe hope can build efforts to resume the long-stalled peace process. The Arab leaders have refused calls for changes in the plan to win Israeli acceptance, but US allies Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan want the summit to give them flexibility in promoting the offer to the West and to Israel.

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