Israel should halt settlements before talks - Saudi FM

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Wednesday Israel should freeze the building of Jewish settlements in occupied territories and of a West Bank barrier to attract Arab states to a planned peace conference.


But speaking to a group of journalists, Prince Saud al-Faisal stopped short of saying the Arabs would not attend the US-organized conference, expected to be held in the Washington area in November, unless Israel took such measures. (Reuters)