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Sunday, 10 March, 2002, 16:39 GMT
Saudis detail Mid-East peace vision
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal talks to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
The Saudi plan has support from key states like Egypt
Saudi Arabia has been expanding on its proposals for peace with Israel, as deadly attacks continue between Israelis and Palestinians.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal said that to get "complete peace" from the Arabs, Israel should allow the creation of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, and withdraw from lands captured in the 1967 war.

He is the highest-ranking Saudi official to comment on the peace overture since it was unveiled last month by Crown Prince Abdullah.

Arab foreign ministers, meeting in Cairo, have been discussing the Saudi plan which is due to be put before a full Arab League summit on 27 March.

Prince Saud al-Faisal, speaking after talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, said he hoped there would be "a unified and clear Arab stance" on the initiative.

'Complete peace'

The Saudi foreign minister said that if Israel were to fulfil the peace proposal requests - including the creation of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital - then "it would find complete peace with the Arab states."

However, Prince Saud did not specify exactly how much of the city he was referring to.

Previously, the Saudis had only called for an Israeli withdrawal from the territories they captured in 1967.

Most Arab countries, including Egypt and Syria, have announced their support for the Saudi plan.

Arab League foreign ministers, who have been holding preparatory talks for their summit later this month, were set to adopt a resolution seeking more international support for the Palestinians.

In a draft statement, the ministers called on Arab states to continue lobbying the United Nations and "concerned parties" to stop "Israeli aggression."

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