The World: Why the Saudis Are Silent

The quiet partner of virtually every Arab nation is Saudi Arabia, whose oil-enriched coffers support Egypt, Syria and the P.L.O. But King Khalid and Crown Prince Fahd did not endorse either Anwar Sadat's proposal for a pre-Geneva summit in Cairo or Muammar Gaddafi's call for an anti-Egypt rejection-front meeting in Tripoli. What are the Saudis up to? TIME Cairo Bureau Chief Wilton Wynn flew to Jeddah and sent this analysis:

The rulers of Saudi Arabia wish Sadat well in his peace offensive. At the same time, they are afraid he will fail and are deeply concerned about the consequences of failure.

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