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Saudis Urge Bush to Push for Cease-Fire in the ME


Saudis Urge Bush to Push for Cease-Fire in the Mideast

By Jim Rutenberg
The New York Times
Monday 24 July 2006

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Washington - A delegation from Saudi Arabia asked President Bush on Sunday to push for a cease-fire in the conflict between Israel and the terrorist group Hezbollah - something the United States has refused to do.

"We requested a cease-fire to allow for the cessation of hostilities," the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, told reporters in English in the White House driveway after meeting in the Oval Office with Mr. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other top officials.

"That would allow for rebuilding of the forces and of Lebanon," he said, referring to Lebanese forces.

He said he also delivered a letter from King Abdullah II of Jordan with suggestions for ending the violence.

American officials were publicly cool to the request. "Our position on an immediate cease-fire is well known," said Frederick Jones, a spokesman for the National Security Council. "Our position has not changed."

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