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Arab summit relaunches Middle East peace offer

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Arab summit relaunches Middle East peace offer


Arab leaders are poised to renew an offer to Israel – promising it normal relations if it withdraws to its 1967 borders. All 22 members of the Arab League are said to have agreed to the move. It is expected to be formally announced later on Wednesday as a two-day meeting draws to a close. The president of Algeria is hosting the summit in the capital, Algiers.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika said Arabs must show the world their peaceful intentions. The communiqué relaunches an initiative first put forward in 2002. It sets out conditions Israel must meet for all Arab states to declare the Arab-Israeli conflict over.

They include withdrawal from all occupied land, a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes. Israel has repeatedly rejected the plan in the past. This week it said it was a “non starter.”

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