Mubarak meets Saudi king, expresses support for ME peace conference

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah met here Saturday to discuss the upcoming US-sponsored Mideast peace conference, with Egypt saying both countries support the meeting. After the two leaders met, Egypt's presidential spokesman, Suleiman Awaad, said the two countries were backing the conference because it could set the stage for a final agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians. "Egypt and Saudi Arabia have a clear stance, that is to welcome the meeting because it comes after long years of a frozen peace process," Awaad told reporters. Saudi officials did not comment after the meeting.