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Saudi Arabia reiterates support for Palestinian statehood

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During talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Riyadh, Saudi King Salman told him that Saudi Arabia backs Palestine and its people’s right to an independent state. He said, “The Kingdom repeats its permanent stand with the Palestinian people and their rights in the establishment of an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.” The key elements of Abbas’s two-day visit to the Kingdom were to discuss the latest developments in the Palestinian territory, its current political status and Jerusalem’s refugees’ right to return and to support Palestine’s demand for an independent state, with Jerusalem as its capital.

 

The meeting, held on Tuesday, was attended by, Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar, State Minister Prince Dr. Mansour bin Miteb, State Minister Dr. Musaed Al-Aiban, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir, Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan, and Palestinian officials.

 

The Kingdom’s boost to Palestinian demand for statehood came amid the Warsaw summit, a planned Mideast peace talks organized by US to resolve Palestinian-Israeli conflict and curb Iran’s nuclear activities.

 

According to the Saudi News agency, Majdi Khaldi, adviser to Abbas, said the Palestinian President “affirmed the Palestinian position, rejecting” Trump’s anticipated “Deal of the Century” to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestine authority claimed the Warsaw talks to be on-sided.

 

The Palestinian Authority, which has declined the invitation to attend the Mideast conference, considers it to be an “American conspiracy”. The ties between US and Palestine have been frayed since US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017. It also attracted severe criticism from the leaders of the Arab nations.

 

To add to the Palestinian fury, US President Donal Trump altered the 70-year-old practice, declaring that his administration would no longer fund the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

 

The Warsaw talks have been boycotted by Iran, Palestinians, Russia, Saudi Arabia and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of key European powers.

 

 

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