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Saudi king and Spanish PM discuss Mideast

world Updated: Nov 25, 2009 13:22 IST

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Saudi King Abdullah and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero held talks on boosting bilateral ties and the situation in the Middle East, the official SPA news agency said on Wednesday.

The two leaders met in the monarch's Jeddah palace soon after Zapatero arrived in the kingdom on Tuesday evening, SPA said.

Aside from exchanging views on latest international developments, including in the Middle East, they also discussed ways to strengthen cooperation and ties between their countries, it said.

Zapatero, whose country takes over the rotating presidency on the European Union on January 1, arrived from Cairo where his visit was dominated by discussions with Egyptian leaders on the stalled Middle East peace process.

Talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians have been suspended since Israel's offensive in Gaza at the turn of the year.

Saudi Arabia has placed on the table its Arab Peace Initiative, which offers blanket Arab recognition of Israel for a two state deal with the Palestinians.