'Saudi prince calls on US to back Palestinians'

By REUTERS
September 12, 2011 16:53

 
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DUBAI - Saudi Arabia's former top US diplomat pressed the United States to support a Palestinian bid to upgrade its UN status, saying that its longtime ally would "risk losing the little credibility it has in the Arab world" if it failed to do so.

"With most of the Arab world in upheaval, the 'special relationship' between Saudi Arabia and the United States would increasingly be seen as toxic by the vast majority of Arabs and Muslims, who demand justice for the Palestinian people," Prince Turki al-Faisal, former chief of Saudi Arabia's intelligence services and former Saudi ambassador to the United States, wrote in an opinion piece in Monday's New York Times.

"American support for Palestinian statehood is therefore crucial, and a veto will have profound negative consequences," he wrote.

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