Israel talks about peace, but acts aggressively:Saudi King

TEHRAN July 17 (MNA)--"Israel talks about peace, but does aggression against the Palestinians" Saudi King Abdullah said in an interview with Italy's La Repubblica newspaper which published on Wednesday.

"Israel continues to take possession of Palestinian lands, to build new settlements and to expand existing ones. It imposes all kinds of unjust restrictions on Palestinians, including a siege, ignoring international rules and moral principles," Abdullah said.

"The more Arabs and the world make steps towards peace, the more Israel throws itself into violence and acts of aggression against the Palestinians," Abdullah told the newspaper.

"The Israelis always say (peace is near). But what counts is facts on the ground. Their words are never followed up with concrete actions," Reuters quoted from the interview.

Iraq needs to free itself from "foreign meddling" in order to gain stability, Abdullah also said.

"Iraq really needs to free itself from any outside interference, from "wherever it comes." Only in this way can it achieve security, stability and prosperity and manage to keep united, keep its sovereignty and its territorial integrity," he said in the interview.

Abdullah said the ideal solution in Iraq, whose population includes Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim Arabs, Kurds and other minorities, would be "one country for all Iraqis, forgetting about ethnicity, or political and religious affiliations."


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