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Sunday, May 07, 2006

But is Israel Invited?

The Arab News, Saudi Arabia's English language daily, reports today that Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal will attend the meeting of the Middle East Quartet at the United Nations in New York. Others attending include US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik (whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union), and the foreign ministers of Jordan and Egypt.

According to the Arab News, "The foreign ministers will push the Quartet to find ways to ensure the flow of funds to the Palestinian Authority. Saudi Arabia has been supporting the new government and asking the international community to extend aid to the Hamas-led government."

There is no mention of whether Israel is invited to attend.


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