'Ahmadinejad to attend Sharm summit'

Paper quotes Syrian minister saying "real, positive change" to come in Arab countries ties with Iran.

March 13, 2009 09:30
'Ahmadinejad to attend Sharm summit'

Buthaina Shaaban 248 88. (photo credit: AP [file])


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There will soon be a "real positive change" in ties between Arab countries and Iran, Syrian Minister of Expatriates Dr. Bouthaina Sha'aban, and a close adviser to President Bashar Assad, said Friday. Speaking to London-based Ashark Alawsat, Sha'aban said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will attend a regional conference of regional countries to be held in Sharm e-Sheikh. The Jerusalem Post could not immediately confirm the report. She said that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Saudi King Abdullah and Assad's summit in Riyadh earlier this week focused on Iran's role in the Middle East. Sha'aban added that the Arab peace initiative, a Saudi-penned deal in which Israel would gain full normalization in return for returning to the 1967 borders and allowing millions of Palestinian fugitives and their descendants into Israel, was still on the table, but awaiting Jerusalem's acceptance. She accused Israel of "killing" the initiative, as it was an Arab enterprise to which Israel responded with "crimes and acts of slaughter." Israel views some points of the initiative favorably but would not agree to absorb Palestinian refugees, viewing an arrival en masse of Palestinians into Israel as a demographic threat.

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