Berlin: Saudi’s foreign minister on Wed. cautiously appreciated an settlement between its close ally the United Arab Emirates & Israel to establish complete ties & exchange embassies.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan stated the deal, that also halted unilateral annexation by Israel of West Bank territory sought by this Palestinians, can be viewed as positive.
However he refrained from outright backing the move & stressed Saudi is open to establishing similar relations on condition that a peace settlement is approached between Israel & the Palestinians.
His own remarks throughout a information conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas have been the 1st people comment by Saudi on
Thu.’s surprise announcement by US President Donald Trump that his own administration helped broker the UAE-Israel settlement.
Bahrain, Oman, Egypt
Bahrain, Oman & Egypt released officer affirmations appreciating the settlement. The kingdom didn’t problem similar affirmations & didn’t respond to appeals for comment till Wed.’s information conference in Berlin.
The UAE framed its settlement as a successful measure that halted Israeli schedules to annex West Bank territory. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, although, has stated the suspension is only temporary.
The Palestinians have released scathing affirmations informing the UAE undermined Arab consensus & describing the move as a betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa Mosque & the Palestinian cause.” Saudi, like different Arab Gulf states, has constructed quiet ties with Israel over the yrs., in part due to revealed issues over Iran & its policies within the area.
Arab Peace Initiative
Prince Faisal reiterated during this press conference the kingdom’s long-stated people stance of help for the Arab Peace Initiative sponsored by Saudi in 2002 that assures Israel complete ties with Arab states in case a peace arrangement is approached with the Palestinians.
Circumstances for that, although, should be on the basis of internationally recognized parameters, he stated.
Once that is achieved, all things are possible,” Prince Faisal stated.
He reiterated the kingdom’s long-held people stance that a future Palestinian state must contain east Jerusalem as its capital.