Skip to comments.Qatar, Saudi rulers meet in Jeddah for Gaza cease-fire talks [Israel and Hamas]
Posted on 07/23/2014 8:37:06 PM PDT by Star Traveler
For the first time since an unprecedented diplomatic rift among Gulf powerhouses, Qatar's emir flew to Saudi Arabia late on Tuesday in a surprise visit and met with King Abdullah to discuss cease-fire efforts that have yet to bring an end to 15 days of war in the Gaza Strip.
A senior Saudi official told The Associated Press that Saudi Crown Prince Salman, and Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin also attended the meetings with Qatar's Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the coastal city of Jeddah.
King Abdullah's security adviser Prince Bandar bin Sultan and the king's son who heads the National Guard, Prince Miteb, also sat in on the discussion, the official said. He spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of the meeting.
The meeting brought together two influential Arab brokers backing different cease-fire initiatives. Saudi Arabia is supporting an Egyptian cease-fire initiative that Israel accepted but Hamas rejected. Qatar, on the other hand, is the main conduit of Hamas conditions for a cease-fire that include guarantees for the lifting of a seven-year blockade of Gaza, enforced by Israel and Egypt.
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