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Saudi Arabia Dismisses Israeli Proposal for Conference

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Saudi Arabia has dismissed Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's invitation to all Arab leaders to attend a Middle East peace conference.

The Saudi cabinet on Monday said Israel first must end what it called its constant violations and inhuman aggression against the Palestinian people.

In Paris, visiting Palestinian Foreign Minister Ziad Abu Amr said Mr. Olmert's proposal was premature and skipped over necessary steps in the peace process.

Sunday, Mr. Olmert invited all Arab leaders to a peace conference and singled out Saudi King Abdullah, calling him a "very important leader."

Last week, the Arab League re-launched a 2002 plan calling for normal relations with Israel in return for an Israeli withdrawal to its 1967 borders.

Mr. Olmert welcomed the decision, but said Israel does not accept all parts of the plan.

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