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Saudis try to revive Middle East peace plan

Saudi Arabia is trying to revive its peace plan for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by mobilising support from other Arab states and enlisting European Union help. Prince Saud al-Faisal, foreign minister, spelled out the agenda yesterday in a speech in Brussels to the European Policy Centre think-tank. The Saudi-EU relationship has become more important given the strained relations between Washington and Riyadh over how to combat terrorism and implement reforms in the kingdom. “There is a need for reform in the Arab world,” said Prince Saud. But he criticised the US policy assumption that a democratic Iraq would automatically have a domino effect throughout the Arab world. “Change cannot be imposed from without,” he said. “This is particularly the case when a largely western historical experience is projected on a different setting, such as the Islamic world or Saudi Arabia.” Full Story

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