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Jewish Leaders Meet Saudi, Bahraini Monarchs

U.S. Jewish organizational leaders are meeting with the Saudi and Bahraini kings.

The meetings are taking place in New York this week during an interfaith dialogue held under the auspices of the United Nations and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, who has pressed in recent years for greater interreligious understanding despite resistance from his kingdom’s Islamist clerics.

The Jewish leaders are meeting Tuesday with Bahraini King Hamad ibn Issa al-Khalifa, who has introduced democratic reforms in his Persian Gulf island nations; he recently named Houda Nonoo, a Jewish woman, as ambassador to Washington.

A smaller group of leaders will meet the Saudi King on Wednesday behind closed doors.

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