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Report: Israeli PM Met with Saudi Official

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Report: Israeli PM Met with Saudi Official

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An Israeli daily newspaper reports that an official from Saudia Arabia met with the prime minister of Israel. But did the meeting really take place? That remains in dispute.

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Saudi Arabia denies that one of its officials met the prime minister of Israel. An Israeli daily newspaper says otherwise.

It quotes anonymous sources who say Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with an official close to Saudi King Abdullah. Other sources indicate the meeting was with the king himself.

When asked about this report, Olmert himself denied a meeting with the king, but then said I did not meet with anyone who should have caused a media sensation. Observers have taken that to mean some sort of meeting took place with someone.

Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have diplomatic relations, though Saudi Arabia has joined with several other Arab states in seeking to revive Mideast peace efforts.

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