2,120. 6/30/2001

On June 30, 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell met with Saudi King Abdullah at the George V Hotel in Paris, France. “The king showed the secretary a file containing photos of dead and wounded Palestinians who had been killed or injured by the Israelis in the intifada. His voice trembling with anger, he kept pressing Powell to do something to halt the violence. This was a genuine glimpse inside the man’s worldview: he was not putting on an act but was truly upset that the United States was not doing enough to help. Thus a critical aspect of advancing the Arab-Israeli peace process will be its beneficial effect on U.S. relations with key Arab partners such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan.”

 – Bruce Riedel, The Search for Al Qaeda, Page 146

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