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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Arab States Welcome Policies Outlined in John Kerry’s Mideast Speech

The Times of Israel reports: Key Arab states on Thursday expressed their support for US Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the two-state solution, which he laid out a day earlier in a long, comprehensive speech in Washington.

Saudi Arabia issued a statement Thursday via an official news agency saying that the kingdom “welcomed the proposals” set forth by Kerry and that they were in accordance “with the majority of the resolutions of international legality and most of the elements of the Arab Peace Initiative” adopted by the Arab League in 2002.

Kerry’s proposals represent “an appropriate basis for achieving a final settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” the Saudi Press Agency reported, citing an unnamed source in the Saudi Foreign Ministry.