Saudi king starts UK visit, calls for serious work ahead of peace summit

Published October 29th, 2007 - 12:22 GMT

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia accused Britain on Monday of failing to act on information the Saudis provided that might have averted London's July 7, 2005, suicide bombings, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported. In an interview with the BBC, the Saudi monarch stated that Britain was not doing enough in the war on terror. He made the comments hours before arriving in London for a state visit.


"I believe that most countries are not taking this issue too seriously, including, unfortunately, Great Britain," he said. "We have sent information to Great Britain before the terrorist attacks in Britain, but unfortunately no action was taken and it may have been able to avert the tragedy."


According to the AP, the BBC reported Abdullah's remark was linked to a long-held Saudi leadership claim that it gave Britain information that might have averted the 2005 attack.


On another topic, the Saudi leader said he believes that a forthcoming Middle East peace conference in the United States will fail unless the Palestinians' needs are taken more seriously. "We are hearing that our Palestinian brethren are not very optimistic about the progress that has been achieved thus far," the king said.


"And I believe that unless a serious effort is put into this in order to reach agreements that satisfy the Palestinians, and the Arab world and the Islamic world, then I believe the conference may not be successful."


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