PA thanks Saudi Arabia for refusing to normalize ties with Israel

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 PA thanks Saudi Arabia for refusing to normalize relations with Israel

The Palestinian Authority on Saturday expressed gratitude for Saudi Arabia's announcement that the kingdom will not normalize its relations with Israel until a Palestinian state is established.

The PA Foreign Ministry said it “welcomed the sincere stance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia towards our people and their concerns.”

The PA also noted that it appreciates Saudi Arabia's “support and assistance for the rights of our people in all forums under the leadership of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, including support for the Palestinian people's right to self-government, definition and establishment of an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital in accordance with the resolutions of international legality and the Arab Peace Initiative.

The announcement came after Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said in an interview with Bloomberg news agency that an agreement to establish a Palestinian state would be a precondition for his country to establish formal diplomatic relations with Israel.

” “We believe that the normalization of relations with Israel is very much in the interests of the region,” — he said, adding: “However, real normalization and real stability will only come when we give the Palestinians hope. To do this, they need to give them a state, and that's a priority.”

The kingdom's neighbors, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, formalized relations with Israel in 2020 under the US-brokered Abraham Accord.< br />
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it clear that his goal — conclude a peace agreement with Saudi Arabia that would “virtually end the Arab-Israeli conflict.”

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, Prince Faisal urged the new Israeli government to get serious about resolving the conflict with the Palestinian Authority.

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