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Gulf State Newsletter - Issue 423 - 04/Nov/1991

What better way to express the ambiguous response of the Gulf regimes to last week's convening of the Arab-Israeli peace conference in Madrid? "Calm joy" and "reserved jubilation" were terms used by the English-language Jeddah-based Arab News to describe Saudi reaction to the news. Al Riyadh, one of the kingdom's leading Arabic-language newspapers voiced similarly sceptical optimism. "The Israeli delegation will try to fish for any loophole to foil the conference", it warned. But "Israel and the Arabs must put aside their-historic enmity and resort to the logic of interests", the paper added.

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