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  • Saudi Ambassador Meets with American Jews

    Prince Bandar Ibn Sultan, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington, met Monday with over 60 Jewish organizational leaders in two meetings called at his request. The meetings, the first high-profile, publicized discussions between the Saudis and Jewish leaders, were termed a “breakthrough” by one participant. The ambassador was in New York primarily for the meetings… More ▸

  • U.N. Elects Saudi Ambassador President of General Assembly

    Saudi Arabia’s low profile at the United Nations moved center stage this week with the election of Samir Shihabi as president of the General Assembly. There is little indication yet as to how the election of the Saudi ambassador will affect Israel, which had supported Papua New Guinea’s foreign minister, Michael Somare, for the post…. More ▸

  • Senator with Israeli-stamped Passport Allowed to Enter Saudi Arabia, Kuwait

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) has apparently become the first person allowed to enter Saudi Arabia and Kuwait with a passport indicating a previous visit to Israel. “With that simple but significant act of stamping my passport, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have removed another obstacle from the road toward peace in the Middle East,” Lieberman said… More ▸

  • Proposed Saudi Arms Sale Faces Little Opposition

    Congress is not expected to oppose a proposed $365 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia. President Bush formally notified Congress on Monday that the package includes 2,000 MK-84 bombs, 2,100 cluster bombs, 770 Sparrow air-to-air missiles and laser-guided bomb components. A pro-Israel lobbyist said the package consists of “small dollar” items — “most of it… More ▸

  • Kuwait, Saudi Arabia Deny Visas to Senator Because of Israel Stamp

    The Saudi and Kuwaiti governments denied visitor’s visas to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) because his passport contained Israeli entrance stamps. The move, a somewhat unexpected happening following the Persian Gulf war, was denounced Tuesday by Melvin Salberg, national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, during meetings of the group held here. Lautenberg, one… More ▸

  • Arab Leaders Who Backed Hussein Will Go Down with Him, Says Saudi

    Arab leaders who sided with Iraq will go under with Saddam Hussein, according to Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States. Taking off his diplomatic gloves, Prince Bandar ibn Sultan described Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasir Arafat as a “clown,” King Hussein of Jordan as a “goner” and Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh as “an… More ▸

  • Postponement of Saudi Arms Sale Welcomed by Supporters of Israel

    Israel’s supporters on Capitol Hill are relieved at the Bush administration’s decision to delay proposing to Congress a massive arms package for Saudi Arabia until after the Persian Gulf crisis has ended. Saudi Arabia and the United States “have agreed not to proceed at this time” with the sale, the State Department’s deputy spokesman, Richard… More ▸

  • Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia Will Be Fought, Lobbyist Says

    Supporters of Israel will actively fight a proposed $15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia unless it is significantly scaled down, a top pro-Israel lobbyist warned here this week. “It’s time to put the brakes on the runaway arms race in the Middle East,” Thomas Dine told delegates to the 59th General Assembly of the… More ▸

  • Germany to Provide Saudi Arabia with Sophisticated New Weapons

    Germany has decided to provide Saudi Arabia with sophisticated weapons, with deliveries to commence some time next year, Saudi diplomats indicated here Sunday. They said a broad understanding on “defense cooperation” was reached when the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, visited Bonn last week for talks with Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich… More ▸

  • Saudi Links Withdrawal from Kuwait to Solution of Palestinian Problem

    The Saudi Arabian foreign minister made a strong linkage Tuesday between resolving the crisis in the Persian Gulf and settling the Arab-Israeli conflict. Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Iraqi forces must leave Kuwait, “so that we can mobilize international legality to realize for the people of Palestine what will… More ▸