Israeli President Shimon Peres seized the rare opportunity of being in the same hall as Saudi King Abdullah on Wednesday to praise a Saudi peace initiative that he said had brought hope to the Middle East.

Addressing a special high-level U.N. General Assembly meeting on dialogue between different religions, Peres termed some of the language in an Arab peace proposal based on the Saudi initiative “inspirational and promising — a serious opening for real progress.”

It was a rare moment — an Israeli head of state speaking directly to the Saudi Arabian leader, whose country does not recognize Israel. (Reuters News report)

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