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Haaretz: Saudi prince may have held secret meeting with PM envoy

Posted by uscsjp on September 26, 2006

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Prince Bandar, secretary general of the Saudi Arabian National Security Council and former Saudi ambassador to the United States, may be the senior official at the center of reports of contacts between Riyadh and Israel, Haaretz has learned.

Early on Monday, Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had held a secret meeting with a senior Saudi official, perhaps King Abdullah. Olmert later issued a guarded denial of the report.

It now appears, however, that the meeting may not have involved Olmert, but an envoy of the prime minister’s, and that the prince may have been his interlocutor. . .

Saudi Arabia was a moving force behind a 2002 Arab peace initiative cited in a document providing the basis for a unity government that rival Palestinian factions have been trying to form.

According to the newspaper, the peace plan was a main item on the agenda of the Israeli-Saudi talks 12 days ago, along with Iran’s nuclear program and achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Yedioth first reported last week that Israel and Saudi Arabia had been holding secret talks since fighting erupted in July between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The newspaper said that that talks were due to Saudi Arabia’s realization that Iran – which backs and funds Hezbollah – was capable of destabilizing the Middle East.

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One Response to “Haaretz: Saudi prince may have held secret meeting with PM envoy”

  1. Could very well be. Bandar has been at the forefront of the modernization of Saudi Arabia, and this would be very much congruent with what he’s done in the past.

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