Saudi blasts Bush for backing Sharon

Saudi Arabia, a key US ally, has said Washington should not back Israeli plans to retain parts of the occupied West Bank because this would cripple peace efforts and nullify previous peace agreements.

    Palestinians are rallying opposition to Bush's stance

    US President George Bush on Wednesday endorsed Israel's claim to parts of the West Bank seized in the 1967 Middle East war and backed a Gaza Strip pullout plan in a historic US policy shift that drew condemnation from Arabs.

       

    "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was surprised by these views ...because, if cemented, they will complicate peace opportunities and cripple the peace process on which the hopes and expectations of the international community are staked," said a statement carried by the state Saudi Press Agency.

     

    Contradict

       

    "Instead of building on previous decisions and agreements, these views threaten to contradict those decisions and annul those agreements at a time when everyone was expecting positive developments in returning to the path of peace in the Middle

    East," said the Arabic-language statement.

       

    Palestinians meanwhile are trying to rally opposition to Bush's decision to break with long-held US policy.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?