Saudi Arabia categorically rejects normalization with Israel without a Palestinian state. Photo/Al Jazeera
RIYADH – Minister of Foreign Affairs Arab Saudi Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud announced there would be no normalization of relations with Israel without a country Palestine . The statement was made in an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in the middle of this week.
“We have said consistently that we believe normalization with Israel is something that is very attractive to the region,” he told Bloomberg TV on Thursday.
“True normalization and true stability will only come by giving hope to the Palestinians, by giving dignity to the Palestinians,” he stressed as quoted by the Middle East Monitor, Sunday (22/1/2023).
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According to Bloomberg, the Saudi foreign minister said a deal to create a Palestinian state would be a prerequisite for establishing formal diplomatic relations with Israel.
Israel has normalized relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Morocco in 2020. The deals, known as the Abraham Accords, were signed in an effort to normalize diplomatic relations, build economic agreements and support social exchanges.
Following the Abraham Accords, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has worked hard to forge official relations with Saudi Arabia.
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When he met with White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Thursday, he discussed several issues with him, including achieving a breakthrough with Saudi Arabia.
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