Заголовок сегодняшней газеты (в печатной версии): Saudi warns Bush of aiding Israel.
Показательно, каким тоном разговаривает Абдулла с Бушем: как власть имеющий.
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Crawford, Texas -- Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia told President Bush bluntly yesterday that the United States must temper its support for Israel or face grave consequences throughout the Arab world, Saudi officials said.
In several sessions, lasting five hours, at the president's central Texas ranch, the crown prince told Bush that if the United States did not do more to stop military incursions into Palestinian areas by the forces of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel, America would continue to lose credibility in the Middle East and create more instability there, the Saudi officials said.
“If Sharon is left to his own devices, he will drag the region over a cliff,” Adel al-Jubeir, the foreign policy adviser to the crown prince, said after the meetings between Prince Abdullah and Bush. “That does not serve America's interests, and it does not serve Saudi Arabia's interests.”
While they did not deny that Prince Abdullah had presented his case forcefully, Bush and U.S. officials offered a far more positive account of the meetings.
“One of the really positive things out of this meeting was that the crown prince and I established a strong personal bond,” Bush said after the meeting. “We spent a lot of time alone.”
Both Bush and al-Jubeir said that the crown prince had not threatened to reduce Saudi oil exports to the United States. A person close to Prince Abdullah had suggested on Wednesday that a reduction could happen if the United States continued what the Saudis view as a one-sided policy toward Israel.
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