Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Senators press Bush on Saudis

Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Mar 14, 2006

A bipartisan slate of U.S. senators led by Jews from each party asked President Bush to urge Saudi Arabia to cancel a meeting on an Israel boycott.

Saudi Arabia is hosting an Organization of the Islamic Conference meeting this week, and a Saudi official reportedly said one session would be dedicated to reinforcing the Israel boycott — though Saudi Arabia vowed last year, when it joined the World Trade Organization, not to boycott Israel.

“Mr. President, the United States cannot remain silent on Saudi Arabia’s intolerant boycott of Israel, and should insist that Saudi Arabia uphold its obligations as a member of WTO,” said the letter initiated by Sens. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and signed by 15 others.

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