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Israel agrees to Saudi-sponsored Arab peace talks

Israel agrees to Saudi-sponsored Arab peace talks
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Israel’s prime minister Ehud Olmert has publicly invited the Saudi king and other Arab leaders to meet him. Visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been trying to build on the momentum of a recently- revived Arab peace plan. Her host’s comments indicate her efforts may have paid off.

“If the King of Saudi Arabia initiates a meeting of moderate Arab states and invites me and the chairman of the Palestinian Authority in order to present to us Saudi ideas, we will be happy to hear them and happy to voice our ideas.” said Olmert.

Angela Merkel’s Middle East trip included a solemn visit to Jerusalem’s Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem.

She also met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday and urged Palestinian and Israeli leaders not to miss an opportunity for progress in peacemaking.