Sarkozy, Saudi king press need for Mideast peace talks

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 23:50

Doha: France`s President Nicolas Sarkozy
wrapped up on Wednesday a Gulf visit during which he agreed with
Saudi King Abdullah on the need to restart Middle East peace
talks and took a firm stance on Iran.

In three hours of "deep" talks at Abdullah`s Janadiriyah
desert farm, north of Riyadh, late today, the leaders "were
agreed on the need for rapid steps to relaunch the peace
process," an official of the French presidency said.

King Abdullah is "on the same wavelength" as France on
the need to relaunch the peace process, the official said.

On today, Sarkozy made a brief stopover in Doha where his
wife Carla Bruni arrived a day earlier to take part in a
conference on education, following an invitation by the emir`s
wife, Sheikha Moza al-Misnid.

Sarkozy held talks with Qatar`s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin
Khalifa al-Thani, before the presidential couple headed back
to Paris.

The president arrived in the Saudi capital yesterday for
an overnight stay to discuss mainly regional political issues
and build a closer working relationship.

The two leaders discussed the stalled Israeli-Palestinian
peace process, Iran`s nuclear ambitions, Lebanese politics and
other key issues over a three-hour meeting.

The presidency official would not comment on reports that
France is offering to host a new Middle East peace conference.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 23:50
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