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World

Saudi Arabia says there will be no diplomatic relations with Israel without an independent Palestinian state

Published February 7, 2024
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 5, 2024. Photo: Reuters
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 5, 2024. Photo: Reuters

CAIRO: Saudi Arabia has told the US its position stands that there will be no diplomatic relations with Israel unless an independent Palestinian state is recognised on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem, and Israeli “aggression” on the Gaza Strip stops, the Saudi foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, White House National Security spokesperson John Kirby said that the Biden administration has received positive feedback that Saudi Arabia and Israel are willing to continue to have normalisation discussions.

The kingdom issued the statement to affirm its steadfast position to Washington on the Palestinian issue in the light of the comments attributed to Kirby, the ministry said.

Gaza mediators search for ‘final formula’ for Israel, Hamas ceasefire

The idea of Israel and Saudi Arabia formally cementing ties has been under discussion since the Saudis gave their quiet assent to Gulf neighbours United Arab Emirates and Bahrain establishing ties with Israel in 2020.

Saudi Arabia put US-backed plans to normalise ties with Israel on ice, sources familiar with Riyadh’s thinking told Reuters in Oct, 2023, as the war between Palestinian group Hamas and Israeli forces escalated.

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Az_Iz Feb 07, 2024 05:59pm
The Palestinians will be thrown under the bus, unfortunately. As one Palestinian official said, any concessions to the Palestinians will be just talking points.
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Az_Iz Feb 07, 2024 06:01pm
Pathway to a Palestinian state, preserving the option of a Palestinian state, a Palestinian state, after the Palestinians have met unending demands and so on, is what the Palestinians will be promised
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