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Sarkozy, Saudi King Talk Mideast Peace

Wednesday, 18 November 2009 10:46 AM

RIYADH — France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and Saudi King Abdullah agreed on the need to restart Middle East peace talks and took a firm stance on Iran, a French official said on Wednesday.

In three hours of "deep" talks late Tuesday at Abdullah's Janadiriyah desert farm, north of Riyadh, the leaders "were agreed on the need for rapid steps to relaunch the peace process," an official of the French presidency told AFP.

King Abdullah is "on the same wavelength" as France on the need to relaunch the peace process, the official said.

Sarkozy arrived in the Saudi capital on Tuesday for an overnight stay to discuss mainly regional political issues and build a closer working relationship.

The two leaders discussed the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Iran's nuclear ambitions, Lebanese politics and other key issues over a three-hour meeting.

The presidency official would not comment on reports that France is offering to host a new Middle East peace conference.

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