Jordan's foreign minister says Arab leaders have agreed to re-launch a Middle East peace initiative offering Israel normalized relations in return for full withdrawal to its pre-1967 borders.
Saudi Arabia first offered the deal in 2002, but it was rejected by Israel at the time. The proposal is expected to become official Wednesday in the closing statement from the Arab summit in Algiers.
Ahead of the meeting of the 22-member Arab league, Arab foreign ministers rejected an amended proposal from Jordan for Arab countries to normalize ties with Israel before its withdrawal is completed. Also at the summit Tuesday, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad discussed Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon. Mr. Annan says Mr. al-Assad pledged to completely withdraw his forces.