Saudi King Tells Trump That Kingdom Is Eager to Achieve Fair Solution to Palestinian Issue

Saudi Arabia's King Salman told US President Donald Trump, on Sunday's phone call, that the kingdom was eager to find a fair and lasting solution to the Palestinian problem, which he said was the key starting point of the proposed Arab Peace Initiative in the kingdom, the state news agency reported.

The leaders spoke by phone following a landmark US agreement last month, in which the United Arab Emirates agreed to become the third Arab state to normalize relations with Israel after Egypt and Jordan, reports Reuters.

King Salman told Trump that he appreciated the efforts of the United States to foster peace and that Saudi Arabia wanted a fair and lasting solution to the Palestinian question on the basis of the Arab Peace Initiative introduced by the Kingdom in 2002.

Under the agreement, the Arab nations offered Israel normalized relations in exchange for a statehood arrangement with the Palestinians and full Israeli withdrawal from the territories occupied in the Middle East War of 1967.

Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and the site of its holiest shrines, does not recognize Israel.

White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has said he hopes another Arab country normalises ties within months.

No other Arab state has said so far it is considering following the UAE.

King Salman's son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Kushner addressed the need for Palestinians and Israelis to restart talks and seek permanent peace after Kushner visited the UAE last month.

The agreement between the UAE and Israel was confronted by the overwhelming Palestinian opposition.


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